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Many years ago, I had a genius colleague and friend … his name was Krafft Ehricke.

Krafft was a key member of Wernher von Braun’s infamous “Peenemunde Rocket Group” — the German scientists and engineers that the US Government brought to New Mexico at the end of World War II, to develop US military rockets under a code name — “Operation Paperclip.”

Pursuing a completely (and MUCH more difficult) separate engineering path, Ehricke, decades after Paperclip, “invented” the first successful hydrogen-based rocket engine — which, unlike the alcohol and kerosene-fueled motors of the von Braun group, was much more efficient, making practical both manned and unmanned NASA missions to the Moon, to Jupiter and Saturn … and beyond.

But all the while, Ehricke (like von Braun) continued to dream of human colonization of outer space, ultimately … of the entire solar system!

Ehricke called his expansive vision “The Extraterrestrial Imperative.” And the discovery and utilization of its almost infinite natural resources, for the benefit of Earth and its stay-at-home inhabitants … Humanity’s “Magnificent Heritage.”

Now, Elon Musk — another foreign immigrant — is developing the technology to finally fulfill Ehrick’s grand plan ….

With my guest tonight, Dr. Douglas Plata, we will explore the realities and implications of Musk’s own self-proclaimed “Grand Vision”: to make Humanity a “multi-planet species” … with an appropriate homage to my long-departed friend and pioneer — Krafft Ehricke.

Join us ….

Richard C. Hoagland


Dr. Douglas Plata, MD, MPH

President & Founder
The Space Development Network

Dr. Plata is a physician and public health specialist in Loma Linda, CA. His undergraduate degree was in biophysics and he went on to complete his MD and MPH with specialty training in Family and Preventive Medicine.
His primary interest in space is the development of a cost-effective transportation to the Moon based upon lunar polar ice for propellant and the establishment of humanity's first permanent foothold off Earth. A description of this Plan for Sustainable Space Development can be found at He has founded a new type of free-to-join space advocacy organization called the Space Development Network which can also be found at

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Trump Administration Suddenly Announces

Why the Fury to Return to Mars?

Find Out “Why” Here:

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The Presidential Briefing


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Richard’s Items:

1. La Palma, Canary Islands: eruption Sep 2021 – updates



2. La Palma volcano eruption’s infernal beauty visible from space in astronaut and satellite photos



3. NASA Mars robot hears planet grumble during 90-minute-long marsquake



4. SpaceX capsule returns four civilians from orbit, capping off first tourism mission



5. Government denies Bezos’ protest of NASA awarding lunar lander contract to Musk’s SpaceX



6. SpaceX lifts huge Super Heavy rocket onto launch stand (photos)



7. Ready to boldly go? William Shatner, 90, ‘is going into SPACE with Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin’: Legendary Star Trek actor would become the oldest person EVER in space



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Doug’s Items:

1. Inspiration4



2. New Shephard



3. Virgin Galactic



4. Starship



5. Robo Sally



6. Ice Harvest



7. InstaBase



8. PlasticBase



9. Greenhouse



10. Activities



11. International Lunar Exploration



12. Grand Tour






14. “Starship to orbit” ought to be a tipping point for policy makers



15. SpaceX Starship Ship Catch With Mechazilla Catch System (Animation)



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2 Comments so far:

  1. Jennifer Deen says:

    one of my favorite episodes

  2. Randy says:

    Have you forgotten Tesla’s 128 pound Humanoid robots, due out next year, could be the first workers on Mars.

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