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Scientists Suggest 1 Way Tickets To Mars

From an amused Associated Press:

Scientists propose one-way trips to Mars

By Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press Mon Nov 15, 2010

PULLMAN, Wash. – Invoking the spirit of "Star Trek" in a scholarly article entitled "To Boldly Go," two scientists contend human travel to Mars could happen much more quickly and cheaply if the missions are made one-way. They argue that it would be little different from early settlers to North America, who left Europe with little expectation of return.

"The main point is to get Mars exploration moving," said Dirk Schulze-Makuch of Washington State University, who wrote the article in the latest "Journal of Cosmology" with Paul Davies of Arizona State University. The colleagues state — in one of 55 articles in the issue devoted to exploring Mars — that humans must begin colonizing another planet as a hedge against a catastrophe on Earth.

Mars is a six-month flight away, possesses surface gravity, an atmosphere, abundant water, carbon dioxide and essential minerals.

They propose the missions start by sending two two-person teams, in separate ships, to Mars. More colonists and regular supply ships would follow.

The technology already exists, or is within easy reach, they wrote

We have to admit that we are all for this. As long as we get to pick who goes.

Davies and Schulze-Makuch say it’s important to realize they’re not proposing a "suicide mission."

"The astronauts would go to Mars with the intention of staying for the rest of their lives, as trailblazers of a permanent human Mars colony," they wrote, while acknowledging the proposal is a tough sell for NASA, with its intense focus on safety.

They think the private sector might be a better place to try their plan.

"What we would need is an eccentric billionaire," Schulze-Makuch said. "There are people who have the money to put this into reality."

Schulze-Makuch and Davies contend that Mars has abundant resources to help the colonists become self-sufficient over time. The colony should be next to a large ice cave, to provide shelter from radiation, plus water and oxygen, they wrote.

They believe the one-way trips could start in two decades

But won’t we all have died from man-made global warming by then? Why kind of scientists are these?

"You would send a little bit older folks, around 60 or something like that," Schulze-Makuch said, bringing to mind the aging heroes who save the day in "Space Cowboys."

That’s because the mission would undoubtedly reduce a person’s lifespan, from a lack of medical care and exposure to radiation.

Of course twenty years into Obama-care, you might have people begging to go to Mars.

That radiation would also damage human reproductive organs, so sending people of childbearing age is not a good idea, he said

Which kind of puts a damper on the whole "colonizing" concept, doesn’t it?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 15th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Scientists Suggest 1 Way Tickets To Mars”

  1. richb says:

    Funny, I just watched “Mars Needs Women” recently.

    Who wouldda guessed that B-Movies could be topical?

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Well, Cortez did burn his ships (a remarkable man being able to command men who WOULD burn their ships). But really, Mr. Doofus Scientist, that was because they were still on Earth where there’s food, water, sunshine, habitable temperatures, normal gravity and the usual conditions associated with sustaining Life.

    Wanna bet these two jack-wagons are both tenured and making over $200k per year? On our Other People’s Taxes?

  3. proreason says:

    Makes no sense whatsoever – ✓
    Couldn’t possiby work – ✓
    Nobody wants to do it – ✓
    Will cost a fortune – ✓
    Will cost at least 10 time the estimate – ✓

    Yep, it’s a plan by a liberal

  4. Mae says:

    Oh, I don’t know…lots of people I’d like to see sent to Mars…starting with…someone who thinks he should rule the world.

  5. tranquil.night says:

    I agree, this mission was written in the stars for little Barry and Georgie the odd couple. They always wanted to rule the world together, who’s to say it has to be Earth?

    Edit: Beat me to the punch Mae!

  6. Right of the People says:

    Q: What do you call a 1000 liberals on a one way mission to Mars?
    A: A good start.

  7. canary says:

    Now Muslims will try and hijack rides to Mars.

  8. Liberals Demise says:

    “Scientists Suggest 1 Way Tickets To Mars”
    Or……………………”Obama Health Care for the ‘Baby Boomers’.”

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