Zach F Wrote: Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, has been encouraging the human race to explore Mars in person. He has published a new book "Mission to Mars" which expresses the need for this and explains why it is necessary.
I agree whole heartedly with Buzz and think we should be diverting more money to space exploration.
Zach F Wrote: We spend WAY too much in defense already. And Aldrin is hardly a nut. Just the opposite.
Zach F Wrote: Space exploration could help all of mankind. New resources and alloys. Better understanding of our universe. This isn't some pipe dream. This is the future. People are welcome to sit on the sidelines and watch but space is the future. Mars colony in the next 50 years is very much within our reach. We have the technology and we have the money (we just need to appropriate more efficiently).
jamesn Wrote: Gems has got it right the future, at least the NEAR future, of space exploration is going to be unmanned. Even 50 years is very optimistic for sending manned missions to other planets.
We do not even have the money to fix our bridges and potholes, much less the money for manned space missions.
eternal flame Wrote: I think a lot of people would sign up to go to Mars, but they couldn't afford the ticket, & would never have the physical strength to survive the trip. Many Mars missions launched by NASA have failed. We currently have 2 robot rovers on Mars surface (ie: Curiosity), & neither have discovered any little green men, yet. However it appears that once long ago, Mars did have water. The 3 orbiters we have circling above Mars surface have been mapping the planet & taking photos. For us to send astronauts to visit Mars, it would take at least 10 months to get there. And 10 mos to get back. So they would need at least 2 years worth of food, clothing, water, & fuel just to survive the ordeal. Even if the Mars surface was littered with gold, diamonds & uranium, I doubt we could ever recover the amount of money it would cost us to get there.
Very probably, Human beings could NEVER live upon the planet Mars, for 3 very important reasons: (1) 95% of its atmosphere is carbon dioxide, & (2) Mars has NO significant amounts of WATER or OXYGEN, & (3) its surface temperature is usually below freezing.
Hey, on second thought ---- What a GREAT PLACE to hold a world-class TEA PARTY!!