How is Bimolecular Revolution Influencing Space Travel Technology?

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In summary, The Human Genome project was completed ahead of time in 2003, exceeding the predicted completion date of 2005 in Visions. The technology advancements mentioned in the book seem to be in line with the predictions, with some occurring earlier than expected and others yet to come. One interesting topic discussed in the book is the use of composite materials to replace components in space vehicles, such as the ceramic tiles in the Space Shuttle's heat shield. This is particularly relevant given the 2003 Columbia explosion, which was caused by a loss of these tiles during reentry.
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Is the Human Genome project complete? How is the current technology advancing in comparison to the predictions made in Visions
 
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It was completed ahead of time.

http://www.genome.gov/11006929
http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome

The prediction of the year 2005 in Visions was based on projected scales set by the Congressional bill. The project was completed early in 2003.

Technology in general, I believe, seems to be going in pace with the predictions made in Visions, some of which have come about earlier than predicted, while others which were predicted have yet to come.

For more predictions for the year 2005, go to
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385484992/?tag=pfamazon01-20
 
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I finished reading this book last night. I thought it was very interesting although it is slightly dated now and kind of strays off topic occasionally.

One thing I found particularly interesting was Kaku's discussion of the composite materials which will eventually replace various components of our space vehicles.

Visions page 304 said:
...replacing the clumsy (and potentially dangerous) ceramic tiles that make up the heat shield of the Space Shuttle. (During reentry into the atmosphere, when the Space Shuttle experiences blistering temperatures created by air friction, the loss of a few of these precious tiles could cause a catastrophic penetration of the hull. Engineers have been known to cross their fingers during reentry and pray silently, hoping the tiles don't come loose.)

Isn't this precisely what caused the Columbia explosion in 2003?
 

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