DailyDirt: Making It To Mars

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A manned spaceship to Mars sounded like a logical next step in the 1970s after the first astronauts walked on the moon. But it’s been a while since then, and we’ve sent a few robotic missions to the red planet recently to check out the place a bit more to see if it’s really worth visiting. Maybe there isn’t anything living on Mars now, but it certainly looks like there could have been conditions favorable for life there in the past. For space exploration fans, here are some interesting links on going to Mars, pointing out some of the challenges and technological advances that will help us get there (someday).

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Wolfy says:

Trying for mars before we have a base on the moon is insane. We have a perfectly good planet right close by to practice all of the techniques and technologies required for a mars habitat, but significantly closer to earth. Unforeseen things happen. The Moon is much closer should we need to send a rescue mission.

Greggore says:

Some one has to go to the moon again

It’s been over 40 years since the last man on the moon happened. It’s the closest object to the earth and the easiest to get too. Really, some one from earth has to go back there for a manned mission first. The doubters are growing and growing fast, and I don’t blame them. So much of the science say’s the Van Allen Belt protection would not cover the crew on the way up and the crew would fry from the radiation. I’ve seen the footage of the NASA files showing the crew faking the picture of the earth from the capsule, where they turn the light on and the card board cutout is taken down from the window to show that the capsule is in orbit around earth instead of near the moon. It’s just a short video, but it’s these little things that pop up while no one else has gone back to the moon that makes it all controversial.

Why no more attempts? it’s not the cost, as NASA has spent billions on so many other missions. Neil is dead, and I think it is sad that in his life, no one else has gone back there since the early 70’s. Prove the doubters wrong!

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