OptOut 8,014 Member · Posted August 1, 2020 Share Posted August 1, 2020 With the dramatic advances in rocketry witnessed in the last decade, especially the impressive reusable rockets developed by Space X and their prototype Starship, it feels as though the possibility of putting a man or woman (or men or women even) on Mars is closer than ever. How long do you think it will be before we see human feet on red soil? Assuming this is not a one way trip, what additional challenges are going to be faced on the journey there and back, and getting back off the surface? Unlike the moon, which has gravity only 1/6th as strong as Earth, Mars has much stronger gravity around 2/3rds that of Earth. This makes the return journey MUCH more difficult, with much more powerful and thus energy intensive rockets required to come back. Another question I have is would you actually WANT to live on Mars, either for a few months, many years, or even a lifetime? Not to be too flippant, but we've seen what living your whole life indoors does to the human psyche during this coronavirus epidemic... Could you imagine living your whole life in the catacombs of Mars? Personally, based on the progress and ambitions of Space X, I would not rule out a manned mission to Mars including a return trip to Earth by the early 2030's, it's an amazingly exciting time in terms of the technological opportunities opening up to us. However, when it comes to long term habitation on Mars, I gotta wonder what the point would be, or why anyone would willingly sign up for that. Just sounds like a living hell trapped inside artificial bounds, with a caustic, freezing, radioactive hellscape waiting beyond the walls to suck my eyeballs out like Arnie in Total Recall... Anyway, I'd love to hear more opinions on this, and whether it's even worth doing! 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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