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Post Reply Mars-One, would you rather watch or volunteer if that was an option?
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Posted 3/3/13
I wish I could participate, but at the same time I am a little scared of being the Ginny pig for something this big.
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Posted 3/17/13 , edited 3/17/13
Sadly I doubt I would meet any physical or academic requirements for such a settlement. However one of the things I value most in life is perspective. To see the world shrink away and transform into the tiny blue dot it becomes when we think of it in the context of another world. That is an experience that would be worth more than life itself, at least to me.
Posted 3/17/13
I don't see it working given that Mars' environment is too hostile and simply too far away. His means of funding the mission is far-fetched at best and the odds of making people living inside boxes look interesting are pretty low, while considering that they won't be able to spend much time outside due to limited resources.

I like the way he thinks, but I'm pretty sure a colony on the Moon would get a lot more support just for being more realistic and having the Earth on the camera. Having a base on Mars before the Moon also doesn't make much sense, given that just by not having much of a gravity on the Moon they could easily make that the launching pad for manned exploration of the Solar System as they won't be spending all the money on fuel to escape Earth's gravity.
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Posted 3/18/13 , edited 3/18/13

longfenglim wrote:

I am not going to participate in a collosal waste of money that would have been better invested in improving life here on earth. It is not that it wouldn't be interesting to go off into space and live out your grade-school fantasies of colonising new planets, just that I don't see how your grade-school fantasy should take priority to, say, feeding the famish, improving the education system in this impoverished country, etc. etc.


Yes, but considering majority of the human race does not register the fact that we have a growing overpopulation problem on this planet, which is causing global warming, resource shortages, and environmental destruction. Our governments are running Ponzi scheme economics aside from the U.S.'s failing to invest in education that actually educates both of which could possibly help curb the above problem. You might want to use your technological know how to create a system which might succeed on another planet. But again that's very naive as well because corporations are the future of space exploration and colonization, not governments (except possibly China and possibly JAXA, they may be corporate now though). So we might be looking at James Cameron's "Aliens" or O'Bannon's "Total Recall" description of corporate colonization.
Maybe some international guidelines for planetary colonization should be written and agreed upon by the world, not the U.N., corporations, or governments who are paid to bid for the corporations (like the U.S.) before colonization is started.
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Mars is too far for my liking, and I'm sure the first colony will have a hard time building a stable community there. I'd love to watch what's going on, but no thanks to being a part of it. Going in to space is a different matter though, and I would absolutely love to experience that!

... Andddd all I can think about are those horror movies where an alien of some-sorts attacks and kills everyone.
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This has nothing to do with science, they will also be sending up 3 camera persons and a producer, it is simply another Reality TV show with viewers picking who will be tossed out an airlock and who will be the eventual winner. I hope that Kim Kardashian volunteers.
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Posted 3/30/13
You guys know that this is a one way ticket to Mars right...?!
...It isn't like going to the moon...

The radiation on the surface of Mars is extremely dangerous due to the lack of magnetic shielding... so if you were to live there you would probably die of cancer pretty quickly...
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i would just watch im kind of a coward so i would not want to risk my life but i am willing to let other people lol and i pursonally like the way of life i have now a colony on Mars would not be the same as on earth for several years
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Posted 8/23/13
I wont go to Mars until there's a way to get back to Earth, I was discussing this my family the other day and I would not go. Those volunteers are going to stay there, they're not coming back. I don't know if I could deal with the isolation, know that I'll never be able to leave my house and meet someone new, it's just gonna be the same people.
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19 / M / NJ, USA
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Posted 8/28/13
So much can go wrong on the way to Mars and no one would even know about it since it's millions of miles away.
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Posted 8/28/13

longfenglim wrote:

I am not going to participate in a collosal waste of money that would have been better invested in improving life here on earth. It is not that it wouldn't be interesting to go off into space and live out your grade-school fantasies of colonising new planets, just that I don't see how your grade-school fantasy should take priority to, say, feeding the famish, improving the education system in this impoverished country, etc. etc.


You are absolutely right about how we should invest more money into fixing all those other things. Problem is, those things doesn't seem to be prioritized. So even if the mars expedition didn't happen, those things still wouldn't be fixed.

Besides, it is not at all a waste of money to try and establish human civilization on other planets. If the history of earth has taught us anything, it's that no species lasts forever. As far as I am aware, there has been at least two mass extinction in the history of this planet. Where approximately 95% of all life died out. There's no reason to think such disasters can't happen again. Not to mention that many experts believe that rather than a natural disaster, we just might wipe ourselves out.

To ensure the survival of the species, we MUST expand into space.
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Posted 8/30/13
"that will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars"

It's like you're paying for a one way ticket to hell
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It's profoundly tempting. The only thing preventing me from attempting is how far away I would be from the technological progress on earth, including revolutionary technologies like life extension and human augmentation.
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When I first read this question I honestly thought 'Well, that's dumb, everyone will answer Go to Mars'... Genuinely surprised that the majority was watch not go! There is so little left to explore on our planet, I would love the chance to go and see another world! Create footsteps, not follow them... Ah man, it would be sooooo awesome!!
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The way I see it:

The objective is to leave something useful behind for everyone else before you die.

Granted, going to Mars is a risky way to do that. But if you succeed, you'll have helped humanity move toward expanding to other planets ... Wow.
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