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Old 12-06-2011, 09:53 PM
 
Location: the living desert
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With the takeoff of NASA's Science Rover Curiosity recently, I began thinking of the obvious next step. A manned mission to Mars. The last manned moon mission occurred nearly 40 years ago. NASA is at a turning point. The Space Shuttles are done, and the future for America's space program is a bit cloudy. There have been dozens of plans to jumpstart a Mars mission. Organization like the Mars Society, and the Planetary Society have been pushing for further space exploration for years. But the question is, is it feasible? Do we have the technology to safely send astronauts to Mars and back again?


Should we bother? Mankind has always had a strong drive for exploration of new horizons. If NASA announced tomorrow that they were immediately putting a ten to twelve year plan in place to send astronauts to Mars, would we be able to rise to the challenge as NASA scientists did in the 1960's for the Apollo moon program? With the issues facing us at this time, should space exploration be on the back burner?



So how could it be financed? All private financing? A combination of private and public ( read govt.) money? Should NASA and the government even be involved at all? With the Spaceport in New Mexico ready to go, perhaps we could consider privatizing the entire space program and save a ton of cash. Would that be feasible? Should this be a World project, including other countries space programs?


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Old 12-06-2011, 11:07 PM
 
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I think this would be a GOOD thing...

The only info we have about Mars is from NASA who is not telling us MANY THINGS about it........ Many think intelligant life does exist there but thanx to NASA,we wont ever know!

Yes some private person going there WOULD BE A GOOD THING!!
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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At the rate at which robot technology is advancing is it worth it to expense a manned mission to mars? It is significantly more expensive to send a man. How much more can a human do? Is it worth it? How about several more unmanned robotic missions to provide a good reason for a man to go there? What if we send five more unmanned missions, including some sample return missions, in the next 15 years and nothing much more is discovered?
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Old 12-07-2011, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Man has always been explorers. In the past several years we've lost the dream and the desire to seek out new things. Heck according to a show I saw in 1958, we were supposed to have colonies on Mars by the 70's!
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Old 12-07-2011, 04:07 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Well, the craft and suits will be smaller as Chinese tend to not be as large as Americans.
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Old 12-07-2011, 06:23 PM
 
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Well, the craft and suits will be smaller as Chinese tend to not be as large as Americans.
The problem is the Chinese have to rely on other countries to copy their technology before they could launch a Mars manned mission...
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Old 12-07-2011, 06:49 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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The problem is the Chinese have to rely on other countries to copy their technology before they could launch a Mars manned mission...

There is that but one of our guys will be more than willing to help, especially if it means campaign money.
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