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    Re: Man on Mars in our lifetime?

    We should not only be on Mars by then but have already started terraforming it.
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    Re: Man on Mars in our lifetime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    We should not only be on Mars by then but have already started terraforming it.
    That would be a rather foolish waste of money, time and effort. Better to find a planet with a precisely earth matched gravity profile if we're going to go that route.

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    Re: Man on Mars in our lifetime?

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    That would be a rather foolish waste of money, time and effort. Better to find a planet with a precisely earth matched gravity profile if we're going to go that route.
    Maybe. We could start with Venus, but there's the issue of the length of the days and finding a way to dispose of the extra atmosphere. Then there are the exoplanets, but they're kind of far away.

    Mars is the easiest, or so it looks today. I say, let's start with the easiest planet, then apply what we learn to the next one.

    Maybe, eventually we could park Europa in solar orbit and make it inhabitable for human life.
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    Re: Man on Mars in our lifetime?

    We aren't going to be terraforming anything this century or the next. The route to colonizing the solar system is through recreating the environment we have on Earth with orbital colonies.

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    Re: Man on Mars in our lifetime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Maybe. We could start with Venus, but there's the issue of the length of the days and finding a way to dispose of the extra atmosphere. Then there are the exoplanets, but they're kind of far away.

    Mars is the easiest, or so it looks today. I say, let's start with the easiest planet, then apply what we learn to the next one.

    Maybe, eventually we could park Europa in solar orbit and make it inhabitable for human life.
    Most everything else can be dealt with but for the gravity, though a favorable orbit comes in a very close second. We humans require a very specific and small gravity range to survive as a species.

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    Re: Man on Mars in our lifetime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    We aren't going to be terraforming anything this century or the next. The route to colonizing the solar system is through recreating the environment we have on Earth with orbital colonies.
    Winner, winner chicken dinner. The only answer going forward. The advantages are many and it virtually ensure the longterm survival of the species.

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    Re: Man on Mars in our lifetime?

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Most everything else can be dealt with but for the gravity, though a favorable orbit comes in a very close second. We humans require a very specific and small gravity range to survive as a species.
    How can anyone be so sure that the lower gravity on Mars would be a problem? Earth gravity is about 2 1/2 times that of mars, so people would be a lot lighter on Mars. If we could really walk the surface under the sky without space suits, we'd find walking a lot easier, we could jump farther and higher, climb hills more easily. A basketball game on Mars would be quite interesting. The baskets would have to be raised and the court made larger, the ceiling higher.

    Or, the elderly who have gotten to the point that it is difficult for them to get around on Earth might find that they could once again walk around without help on Mars. It could be a real boon to the immigrants there. Maybe people would live longer, more active lives.
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    Re: Man on Mars in our lifetime?

    My son is a PHD in geo chemistry and has already been contacted about joining the team on the mission. He would love to be on that first flight............he is 31 ywars old.
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    Re: Man on Mars in our lifetime?

    Quote Originally Posted by CRUE CAB View Post
    Think it will happen in the next 70 years?
    Supposed to have a yes or no block. Guess, I wont building the space ship.
    Not likely, at least not from the US. We have become to financially overwhelmed taking care of the slaves the make themselves dependent upon the government instead of themselves to ever achieve such a lofty goal. One more thing killed off by the encroachment of socialism into our society.
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    Re: Man on Mars in our lifetime?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Maybe. We could start with Venus, but there's the issue of the length of the days and finding a way to dispose of the extra atmosphere. Then there are the exoplanets, but they're kind of far away.

    Mars is the easiest, or so it looks today. I say, let's start with the easiest planet, then apply what we learn to the next one.

    Maybe, eventually we could park Europa in solar orbit and make it inhabitable for human life.
    Venus atmosphere is extremely poisonous to humans. It's so heavy with carbon you couldn't breathe.

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