DailyDirt: Mars Is Not A Pleasant Vacation

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Getting on a rocket to Mars has been a dream for space exploration enthusiasts for decades. However, there are a lot of engineering problems that still need solutions before people can safely get to Mars (and back, unless you favor the one-way trip strategy). Optimists might expect humans to walk on Mars sometime in the 2030s, but realistically, there would have to be a significant change in the way deep space exploration is funded for that to happen. If you’re just entering 5th grade or so, maybe you can consider a career on Mars. But perhaps you shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket.

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Roger Strong (profile) says:

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Sure, a “flags and footprints” mission to the Moon could be done quickly. Especially if price is no object. But if you want to colonize, then Mars becomes the preferred choice.

A colony means raising children. And that means bone growth. We’re optimized for doing this at one Earth gravity. We’ve only barely experimented with this at zero G, and we have no idea whether the Moon’s 1/6th or Mars’s 38% gravity would be enough.

But since Mar’s gravity is closest, more than double that of the Moon’s, it’s the better bet.

(The Centrifuge Accommodations Module on ISS would have run experiments at different gravity levels. Launch was cancelled in 2005, and its sitting in a parking lot.)

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