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Should we go to Mars?
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twenty5
Feb 05, 2007
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Hell Yea! here our existence is almost over anyways..... There is no going back....


matt
Feb 05, 2007
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Rebuttal to: rajio

Exploration isn't an either or issue. We should explore our oceans and our solar system. It's not like doing one will prevent the other from taking place. Underseas logging and mining are already realities. This will fuel more and more underseas exploration.


 
egyptianactivist
Feb 05, 2007
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Discovery is human nature. One small step...one giant step...

 
brucey123
Feb 05, 2007
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Yes we should go to Mars, Because the price of a mars bar has been going up dramatically over the past few years, So if we could go to mars we could import them and they would be cheaper. When i was a kid a Mars bas was 80c and now they is near $2 ! I miss those bars so if i could get an import id buy it, The end

 
matt
Feb 05, 2007
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"We" should go to Mars. The US Government should stay home.

The private sector is much more efficient than NASA anyway, so they could do get there more cheaply, and the profits and fringe benefits would probably be huge.

Picture how a "Mars business" or two could capitalize on these industries:
Tourism
Mining
Farming
Semiconductor Manufacturing
Energy Generation (?)

Maybe not all of these would be profitable, that's ok. If even one commercial use for space travel could be found, the human race as a whole would benefit.

The moon today, Mars tomorrow!




 
gunbard
Feb 05, 2007
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Why not?

Better off now than later.

 
hyperion
Feb 06, 2007
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Rebuttal to: julian25

and the US has so far spent several TRILLION on the Iraq war, IIRC. NASA's budget is pretty damn insignificant in the grand scheme of things, and they need more

 
somerandomhobo
Feb 06, 2007
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You should go to mars

 
hyperion
Feb 07, 2007
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space shuttles are not made for interplanetary travel, they were designed specifically to 'shuttle' people from earth to the ISS and back. they were designed to be re-used, whereas an interplanetary vehicle would really only need to be used once (or twice for the way back).

i suggest you read 2001: a space odyssey. in the book, the author describes a possible artifial gravity, by making the vehicle/station cylindrical or toroidal. the cylinder(or ring) then spins around a central axis, and centrifugal force creates an artificial gravity.

"The era of manned space exploration is over"
what's the point of space exploration if we aren't going to come along? we won't need to know about space, so we should stop studying everything space-related.

"why risk a human life when you can send a robot for much cheaper?"
that is truly sad, when a man says that. it tells me that mankind has lost sight of it's dreams. this needs to be fixed, and soon, or we probably won't last very long as a species.

 
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No, that would brake some intergalactical treaties which would lead to a Galactic War!


rajio
Feb 05, 2007
2 convinced
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Rebuttal to: egyptianactivist

there is still a lot to discover on earth, particularly in our oceans. we have pressing terestrial matters which require more urgent study and relate more directly to the benefits gained from exploration and scientific endeavour on our own planet.

while the venture to other planets is important and can teach us lessons about our own, the cost/benefit equation right now favors investing those resources into local pursuits.

the oceans of earth are the last unexplored fronteir. 2/3 of the earth is covered in water. 95% of the ocean remains unexplored.

 
arzo2000
Feb 05, 2007
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I say there is absolutely no use for the astronomical NASA budgets for intensely researching Mars and surrounding planets for life forms or any of that matter. How about spending these billions of dollars on food aid to help keep human species alive all around the world and out of poverty. Shouldn't there be some sort of comity to set global or universal priorities depending on the current global state?

Something to ponder about.

 
julian25
Feb 05, 2007
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Rebuttal to: egyptianactivist

We spend $4 billion a year on the NASA space program, when those funds can be allocated to much more vital causes. 1 in 5 people live on less than $1 a day. Why do we focus on worlds other than ours, when our OWN world is not even perfect. Just $1 billion can change the world, imagine what 4 could do.

 

Feb 05, 2007
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This shouldn't even be an issue, because with current technology it is simply impossible to go to Mars. At the rate our space shuttles can travel, it would take up to four years to reach Mars. In this time, unless we invent some sort of artificial gravity, weightlessness would cause deadly medical problems for anyone on board the craft.

Then there are the simpler, logistical problems - how do you pack a ship with enough food, medical supplies, and other basic necessities for eight years? Consider that a few-hour space mission is very expensive and dangerous - a few-year space mission is a suicidal waste of money.

The era of manned space exploration is over - why risk a human life when you can send a robot for much cheaper? NASA's budget is overinflated as is.

 
rajio
Feb 07, 2007
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its not an either or issue but its about priorities. exploring space can wait and isn't as much of a pressing priority.

 
marsperson60
May 11, 2007
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I think we should go to Mars but then i strongly don't, We have a lot of problems to deal with on our own planet like world population, polution, which gets to the main point of global warming. instead of trying to tarraform Mars we could be dealing with our problems, that are bigger leading to 6.5 billion humans dieing and who knows how many animals.

 


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