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Buzz Aldrin says the human race is ready for Mars.

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  • Center Left
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    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.
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    Agree. But given the advancements in drone tech I think the future is for more toys that don't cost near as much as a human trip does. We could redo Voyager with better tech and have something that could beam back info from beyond Pluto where planetoids are really cool.
  • Independent
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    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.
    I totally disagree!! First of all we do not have the money to do so; we rather spent it on defense. Secondly lets clean up this planet first before we start making a mess of other planets. Then we have other tasks on earth to fulfill like infrastructure; people with jobs, food on the table and affordable healthcare.

    It is nice to daydream as this total nut Aldrin; Mars is a bare ass planet; I guess you may as well move to Death Valley that is cheaper. Also if the infrastructure by us on Mars would be the same as on earth I guess the "colony" won't last too long. Wake up dreamers!!!
  • Center Left
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    We spend WAY too much in defense already. And Aldrin is hardly a nut. Just the opposite.
  • Independent
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    Zach F Wrote: We spend WAY too much in defense already. And Aldrin is hardly a nut. Just the opposite.
    Sorry by stating what he did, indeed then he is nuts!! Maybe he had a lot of fun in space at cost of the taxpayer, but the normal down to earth people just want clean air and a safe environment, jobs, no wars, good non corrupt healthcare, food on the table and do not forget greenery around them. Sorry the guy lives in an other world than us in his head.
  • Center Left
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    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).
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    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).
    Sorry; I do not believe it will happen; even if so it is doomed to failure. Just as an example; the international space station is slowly but surely coming to an end; at a given time the Russian will no longer help us to get supplies or repair parts up there; the thing is getting older and will be space junk in about ten years. The same will happen with a Mars settlement; as long as such can not be self sustained, it is doomed from the start, since you need only again a financial or other event/collapse on earth to stop support. To supply such all the time will cost fortunes; so who will pay for it? The taxpayers I presume. I guess you are completely under-estimating the complexity and cost and the will of the people to pay for it in their taxes.
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    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.
  • Independent
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    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.
    Yes you got it right; why spread our polution to Mars. Lets clean up this planet first and get some clean air and environment as well as healthy food on the table and a clean nature without Mc Donald wrappers and junk all over the place .
  • Other Party
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    heck,they don't know how to run this country,how and the heck can they run ,work at mars. the lazy ones on welfare that can get off their asses won't go. better yet,let's send them their along with anyone that likes socialism.
  • Liberal
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    I just heard on Fix NotNews that God has established a new world order on Mars, just for TeaBagger, bigots and religious fruitcakes, patsyann - don't miss the bus, it's leaving shortly!
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    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!!
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    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!!
    Hoeray, finally someone who thinks rational. I guess we are like fultures; first we ruin this planet and then the next and the next.
    But since we have not found a planet within our reach which has the same environement as earth, then I suggest for the Mars fanatics to move to Death Valley into a compound of which they can not leave, with a broken airco and walk all day with a helmet on and drink only with a straw and try to find your own water.
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    Yes, if they ever wanted to make a movie about Mars, they could easily simulate it in Death Valley. I was camping there many years ago, in a little tent, near a tiny little water hole. It was 120 degrees in the shade, but there WAS NO shade. Most of the roads were marked to Stay Away, because the park rangers (or whatever they are called now) did not patrol all the trails, so if you ran out of water, there won't be any park rangers to come to rescue you. No heavy influx of tourists here, & no souvenir places. No fast food, or drinking water. Just as lifeless as Mars itself.
  • Democrat
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    We must be running out things to muck up here on earth, may as well try someplace else.