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1 aagcobb  Mon, Feb 25, 2013 7:50:20am

Good for him. I don’t think the U.S. should spend enormous amounts of money to send people to Mars when we can send robots at a fraction of the cost without risking tragedy. But if a billionaire wants to spend his own money and that of private investors and volunteers are willing to risk their lives, more power to them. I would be very surprised if this mission actually lifts off in five years, however.

2 RadicalModerate  Mon, Feb 25, 2013 10:14:29am

As much as I hate to say it, the likelihood of my seeing a manned mission to Mars in my lifetime is remote, at best. Even with a joint-nation effort, the costs and levels of logistical committment involved would be staggeringly high, and before we even dream of travelling to Mars, we need to re-establish a presence on the Moon, first (which we seem to be not at all interested in at this time).

3 Destro  Mon, Feb 25, 2013 1:52:08pm

re: #2 RadicalModerate

As much as I hate to say it, the likelihood of my seeing a manned mission to Mars in my lifetime is remote, at best. Even with a joint-nation effort, the costs and levels of logistical committment involved would be staggeringly high, and before we even dream of travelling to Mars, we need to re-establish a presence on the Moon, first (which we seem to be not at all interested in at this time).

Humans in space (barring Star Trek stuff that does not exist in science like replicators for food, inertia negators and artificial gravity, etc) is plain stupid. My cellphone has more computing power than all of NASA’s 1969 Apollo era computers. We don’t need to spend money on making space vessels filled with life support systems when we can cram that extra space with science instruments.

We should have armies of robots exploring our solar system.


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