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WOW!! 2 Scientists suggest one way ticket to MARS to colonize faster, thoughts?

PULLMAN, Wash. – It's usually cheaper to fly one way, even to Mars.

Two scientists are suggesting that colonization of the red planet could happen faster and more economically if astronauts behaved like the first settlers to come to North America — not expecting to go home.

"The main point is to get Mars exploration moving," said Dirk Schulze-Makuch, a Washington State University professor who co-authored an article that seriously proposes what sounds like a preposterous idea.

At least one moon-walking astronaut was not impressed.

"This is premature," Ed Mitchell of Apollo 14 wrote in an e-mail. "We aren't ready for this yet."

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 8:48 PM on Nov. 15, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_one_way_to_mars


    Also cool to the idea was NASA. President Barack Obama has already outlined a plan to go to Mars by the mid-2030s, but he never suggested these space travlers wouldn't come home.


    "We want our people back," NASA spokesman Michael Braukus said.


    The article titled "To Boldly Go" appears in the latest issue of the Journal of Cosmology, which featured more than 50 articles and essays on Mars exploration.

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 8:48 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • They have a point - a slightly misguided point, but still a valid one. As long ago as the 60's, they knew what would be required to travel that kind of distance. We have accomplished a few of those things, but hardly enough of them to make practical travel there feasible. That doesn't mean we should just start marooning people on Mars - it would be like engineering your own Lord of the Flies.


    The original plan for extended space travel and what it would need is kind of fascinating, though.  It was written in 1960:


    http://www.scribd.com/doc/2962194/Cyborgs-and-Space-Clynes-Kline


     

    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 8:55 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • Altering man's bodily functions to meet the requirements of extraterrestrial
    environments would be more logical than providing an earthly environment for him in
    space... Artifact-organism systems which would extend man's unconscious,
    self-regulatory controls are one possibility


    NP, I am halfway through that article..its pretty awesome...from 1960!

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 9:00 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • O I didn't realize there were more pages..Have to save for later..interesting read

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 9:01 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • A prison there would be nice! Thats were a one way ticket would be necessary and we wouldnt have convicts escaping and hurting our lives and kids! hahaha seriously though!!
    Steph319

    Answer by Steph319 at 9:09 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • I saw this somewhere..maybe on tv. I think it is scary and exciting all at the same time...............imagine there really IS a frontier still out there! Someone else can have my ticket though! :)
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 9:10 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • A prison there would be nice! Thats were a one way ticket would be necessary and we wouldnt have convicts escaping and hurting our lives and kids! hahaha seriously though!!


    The New Austrailia! lol/...

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 9:13 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • Sounds like a couple of scientists who have been doing to many strange experiments.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 9:38 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • lol, I like the prison idea. lol.
    jk..

    but I agree with carpy
    xxhazeldovexx

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 10:02 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

  • Sweet,


    I want to be the first to offer to buy you a one-way ticket, if you want to go.

    Natesmom507

    Answer by Natesmom507 at 10:45 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

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