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Old 05-30-2012, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Cape Coma Florida
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Okay, I'd like to just toss this out there and see what people think. Should we spend the vast amounts of money it would cost and undertake the risks of a manned mission to Mars? Would it be worth it? In what sense? Do you think we will find evidence of present or past life there? Would it be worth it to establish a colony there? Should we go there just to go there and be able to say we did it?

Enquiring minds want to know...
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:09 PM
 
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It would be cheaper to just watch Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall.
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Winter doorway to Texas weather
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Okay, I'd like to just toss this out there and see what people think. Should we spend the vast amounts of money it would cost and undertake the risks of a manned mission to Mars?
Absolutely yes. At least we should try.

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Would it be worth it? In what sense?
Yes. For real hope and change.

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Do you think we will find evidence of present or past life there?
No one has a clue but it would be fun to learn that a whole world's civilization died out because they became so morally bankrupt and mediocre their scientific curiosity died.

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Would it be worth it to establish a colony there?
Was it worth native Americans coming across the Bering Strait to see what was on the other side? Was it worth Christopher Columbus sailing into the unknown with a handful of men? Was it worth Stephen F. Austin bringing 300 colonists to Texas?

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Should we go there just to go there and be able to say we did it?
Again, yes.
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Upstate NY!
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Who's paying the bill?
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Yes. Think of the new technology jobs it would create to pay its way.....
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow in "OZ "
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After 20 years working at the Space Center.. This is the problem with going to Mars..
The Guesstimation at current technology is 16 months one way... 1 person for 24 hours would need minimum 1 gallon of water hygiene~ cooking ~ general hydration which weight is approximately 8 pounds per gallon times 16 months minimum stay 25 days times 16 months return home total of 32 months + 25 days. This is only for water ! They have proven technology of reclaiming waste water about 10%-20% it does work..called reverse osmosis. Now figure food and fuel and experiments plus extra crew.The vehicle would be massive.. and most feel that going threw the Van Allen Belt would be extremely difficult due too very high radiation. Until we get warp drive or Scotty beams us up we can only speculate.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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Thanks for the informative post TN Tin Man!!
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:13 AM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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When it comes to establishing a colony on Mars, it's a very costly venture because of the technology that's needed to take the elements that are in the Martian atmosphere, which is mostly carbon dioxide, and convert them into elements that will support life.

That's of course besides the cost of the vehicles that are needed to transport humans and equipment to Mars.

So my answer is, if we can find cost-effective methods to do what's required to build a colony on Mars, then I'd say yes, let's go to Mars.... we messed up earth, let's mess up Mars..
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:19 AM
 
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If we mess up Mars can we do Venus too?
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:28 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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If we mess up Mars can we do Venus too?
Yes, that's where all the Victoria Secret models come from, shh, don't tell Mike.
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