Going to Mars … on a one-way trip
In an artist’s conception, a Mars explorer surveys one of the Red Planet’s grand canyons.
Alan Boyle writes: Will the first explorers to visit Mars come back to Earth? Or does it actually make more sense to leave them there? The idea of sending the Red Planet’s first settlers on one-way trips has been kicking around for years, and now two researchers have published a paper in the Journal of Cosmology laying out how such missions could play out between now and 2035.
“It is important to realize that this is not a ‘suicide mission,'” Washington State University’s Dirk Schulze-Makuch and Arizona State University’s Paul Davies write. “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.”
I read this article, all the while shaking my head. Then I proceeded to read the comments, which were colorful. The 300+ comments were all of the same mindset. “Where can I sign up” or “Good bye wife and kids” “If it doesn’t cost me too much, yeah, I’ll go”. Are we nuts? First of all: Does anyone have a clue what this will cost? This little “Getaway Trip” has been whirling around the minds of those rocket scientists even prior to the mid 1990’s. We have become clueless in this country as to how these programs of study are funded, not to mention the cost of the program. We just play along and say “Cool! Sign me up”. Yet we know Kim Kardashian’s booty measurements and we know all about the guy called the “Situation.” We have become such a silly race of humans. I can only imagine that if there is life out there….. We would hear much laughter coming our way.