Leaving Earth: Why One-Way to Mars Makes Sense

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  1. Should we leave Earth to colonize Mars? A NASA astronaut says “nope”
  2. Leaving Earth: Why One-Way to Mars Makes Sense
  3. Why Mars Is the Best Planet - The Atlantic
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Exploring the surface of Phobos will benefit humankind. Going to Phobos will be a great achievement for humans involving a lot of technological and scientific challenges. Landing on Phobos is an opportunity to test new technologies and extend the boundaries of human knowledge. Moreover, it would be a great opportunity to test international cooperation between participating countries and Public-Private Partnerships.

Mars-X would involve governments, space agencies and the private sector. Furthermore, the mission aims to increase public interest for space missions. It plans to achieve this partly by broadcasting a TV show which monitors crew achievements to show the public the process of the journey. We invite you to visit the Mars-X website which contains the full documents, the executive summary, videos and, pictures. Like this: Like Loading Mars-X logo. I have been a proponent of human exploration of Mars for some time. I am relieved and gladdened to see this article. I'd love the opportunity to meet Mr.

Aldrin someday just to shake his hand and say, "Thank you. The math is what brought me to this idea, the pure illogical nature of returning a computer AFTER it has completed all of its requirements, at a cost 10 times the cost of delivery. The 'computer ' is, of course, a living, loving, human. That is a difficult and daunting concept to accept, but it is correct, and should be adopted. We do not live forever. The measurement of our 4th dimension is finite.

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I absolutely do not see a reason why the where of that end point matters. There is the visceral, it cannot be denied. But as in any business venture of mine, I would not ask an employee to do, what I would not do or risk myself. There's a much more sensible way to colonize - but it'll involve executing a long term plan which we COULD have been doing for the past 30 years. Expore Mars' moons directly, and use remote controlled robots to explore and build up a base on Mars. Beyond exploration, they'd have the economic goal to produce and deliver food, air and water to the orbiting base. When we do send humans to Mars, they should plan to make sure the first missions are equipped to survive a long time on the planet in case something goes wrong where they can't get back.

I was always bothered by the fact that if something went wrong on Apollo during the landing part of the mission, the two astronauts on the lunar surface were doomed. At the very least they should have designed the LM to sustain the explorers until another mission could arrive for rescue. Before you mention the expense, we are talking human lives here. Yes, these men knew the risks and accidents will always happen, but the one I am mentioning did have a viable solution.

Perhaps the biggest problem with Apollo was sending humans to the Moon on the cheap. It was all about getting there before the Soviets and everything else, including science, took a back seat. If we had followed the plans laid out by von Braun and Disney, we would have at least several lunar colonies by now, and perhaps even on Mars and the asteroids.

But no, we let politics rule the day and now we are maybe going to have a manned colony in 20 years.

Should we leave Earth to colonize Mars? A NASA astronaut says “nope”

You can join the long list of people, often famous scientists, that claim things are impossible or won't happen, only to have progress laugh in their face. There are literally hundreds of examples of this throughout history that I can't be bothered going into The stock standard example is Lord Kelvins famous dictum ' There are many, many more. In the scheme of things when it comes to human beings, most often when things are derided as improbable or even impossible some set of circumstances and brilliant minds arises and conspires to drive technology forward and make tomorrow's improbable today's reality.

It is beyond prediction what forces may drive us to do things such as colonize another planet or whatever. Even something as simple as the pride and prestige of achieving such a thing for nations is powerful incentive, let alone any one of a million more complex motivators.

Actually, the ISS's construction won't be complete until The initial experiments haven't even been completed yet. I don't think we want the government running anything like this anyway. It's terribly inefficient and vulnerable to the whims of Congress's fickle spending urges. But the planets orbit the sun at different rates, and so sometimes, Earth will lap one of them, like a runner on an inside track lane. From our perspective on Earth, the other planet seems to be moving west to east.

Timing is everything!

This aberrant behavior has long been associated with omens or astrological predictions. By the 17th century, astronomers resolved its polar ice caps through telescopes — perhaps one of the earliest discoveries that the fourth planet shared something in common with ours. And the more we looked, the more we found these similarities. Mars is the best planet because Mars and Earth have more in common than any other worlds in the solar system.

It cowers next to humongous Jupiter, but unlike that gas giant, its hard surface beckons visitors. Mars lacks our dewy, oxygen-rich atmosphere, but neither is it shrouded in a poisonous, bone-crushingly dense one like Venus. Its day called a sol is just 40 minutes longer than our own.

Leaving Earth: Why One-Way to Mars Makes Sense

Its axis is tilted slightly more than ours, at 25 degrees, unlike weirdly slanted Uranus. And anyone who argues it is ugly, especially compared to the art deco elegance of Saturn, is simply mistaken. Mars is lovely to behold. Mars has snow. It has mountains, and lake beds, and recognizable landscapes. Earth and Mars are the same in so many ways. And yet.

Why Mars Is the Best Planet - The Atlantic

The biggest difference is the only one that really matters. The only life on Mars is the kind we imagine. Martian fantasies grew in complexity alongside Martian observations. Astronomers frequently turned to the red planet when Mars was opposed to the sun and close to Earth, making it appear larger and brighter. The most famous of these was the opposition of , in which the Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli observed networks of lines on Mars, which later turned out to be optical illusions though Mars does have streaks of water lining its slopes today.

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This momentous finding brought Mars closer to Earth than ever. It became even easier to imagine Mars as a place just like Earth, positively crawling with life. Around the same time, the American astronomer Percival Lowell scrutinized Mars extensively. Mars soon loomed even larger in science fiction and pop culture. By , H. If Mars was arguably the first place storytellers imagined we would find aliens, it was indeed the first place we went looking for them.

But we listened to Mars first. In Aug. Navy, Edward Eberle, instructed all naval stations to turn their receivers toward Mars. The red planet was at its closest approach to Earth in years, and some astronomers thought Martians might use the opportunity to make contact over the airwaves. If someone wanted to talk, the Navy was ready to listen.


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No Martians made contact that day, because there are no Martians, as far as any of our satellites and robots can tell. But this has not stopped our storytellers, and it certainly has not stopped our scientists. We have been attempting to land spacecraft on Mars for nearly 50 years, and almost all of them have been looking for life, in one way or another. The history of Mars landings has shown that the planet is anything but hospitable now, however.