DailyDirt: Planning For A Mars Colony

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The Martian is inspiring some re-vitalized enthusiasm for manned missions to Mars. Along with the discovery of liquid water flowing on the surface of the red planet, science fiction combined with actual science is making space exploration sound cool again. However, there are still plenty of harsh realities for manned space exploration. Men have walked (and driven) on the moon, but beyond that, it's unclear how much anyone really benefits from having people touch the surface of another moon or planet -- without a plan to stay there and accomplish even more significant tasks. Becoming an interplanetary species sounds like a nice idea, but it's not a pressing issue to actually do it -- and we probably won't be ready for it until we can actually set long term goals (ahem, and pass budgets on time). After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Oct 2015 @ 5:50pm

    I plan on retiring on Mars

    I will repair and maintain robots that farm for me. Preserve and store the resulting foods and make them available for purchase. The ones who made the most money during gold rushes were the grocers, not the miners.

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Oct 2015 @ 6:26pm

    Call me when they find the Prothean beacon

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Oct 2015 @ 8:30pm

    Yes, it is a pressing issue. Because what we worry about here on Earth is stupid.

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Oct 2015 @ 10:01pm

    Powerful/rich people want the sheeple to go first indeed.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Oct 2015 @ 6:11am

    "The Martian is inspiring some re-vitalized enthusiasm for manned missions to Mars."

    Interesting. I thought it might instill some skepticism about one's odds of survival.

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      Mason Wheeler (profile), 15 Oct 2015 @ 7:44am

      Re:

      The truly weird thing is that, for all of its hard-science realism focus, the basic premise is completely invalid: the atmosphere of Mars is too thin for the intense sandstorm/windstorm that drove off most of the astronauts and left one of them behind to arise in the first place!

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        Anonymous Coward, 15 Oct 2015 @ 11:38am

        Re: Re:

        Yup.
        However, that does not mean it would be a cake walk for humans. So many things that could, and eventually would, go bad. Why did they not have a backup comm system? Manned missions usually have backup for the backup.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Oct 2015 @ 6:27am

    NASA will never get more funding because the NSA took it all.

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