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Geekend: 2 Steps Closer To Mars
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SaneIT
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8/4/2014 | 7:36:56 AM
Re: Mars
I was talking to some people about Mars and sending people that way.  Of course it turned into a discussion about other groups landing on Mars and fighting over resources.  I asked if we were going to take into account that Mars is currently inhabited by a race of robots and that they were there first.  
Michelle
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8/3/2014 | 10:58:40 PM
Cruel planet; no vacancy
I think it's still too early to go to Mars. The moon is a fluffy marshmallow compared to Mars. I think it will take much longer than anticipated to get there.
Brian.Dean
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8/3/2014 | 9:28:38 PM
Re: Mars
It would be nice if the moon's resources such as helium-3 was mined, processed, converted into energy and then beamed back to earth. Energy or any kind of resource gain would make the moon economical -- creating a long term base on the moon. Next, the moon could be used for training and testing future mission to mars.
Gary_EL
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8/3/2014 | 8:11:51 PM
Re: Mars
> -if we can't get along on Earth, why go somewhere else to fight?


I'd much rather have them fight on Mars then here on Earth. That way, innocent bystanders (like me) won't get hurt. Would you rather see a couple of dozen get killed on Mars than a couple of billion on Earth?
PedroGonzales
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8/3/2014 | 5:16:19 PM
Re: Mars
I agree. I hope this technology becomes more developed as time progress.  I think traveling to mars is a well intentioned effort.  I do agree that I won't see it in my lifetime, may be my grand children would.
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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8/2/2014 | 7:11:44 AM
Re: Mars
Happy Geekend, earthlings! Mars is still a little bit far away from us at this moment. But it's worth of the cost and effort to develop new technologies so that one day the immigration is possible. The earth is too heavily loaded and it's hard to imagine how it will look like after 100 years!
Thomas Claburn
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8/1/2014 | 7:38:31 PM
Re: Mars
I agree about making Mars a priority. It would be worth the (enormous) cost in my opinion. 
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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8/1/2014 | 3:40:04 PM
Re: Mars
Wish this had come out before this story went to press. Long way to go on this, but extremely interesting.

Theoretically, if they can get this to work it would lower the time to Mars from months to weeks. That's a long way off, but still...

http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/1/5959637/nasa-cannae-drive-tests-have-promising-results

 
David Wagner
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8/1/2014 | 1:13:35 PM
Re: Mars
We could get some good technology out of it, but I wonder aout the geopolitics of it all--if we can't get along on Earth, why go somewhere else to fight?


@jastro- An excellent question. I'm hoping this would be the kind of thing we could do together to help stop the fighting. For instance, i don't think NASA could get to MArs without Russia. But i don't think Russia could get to Mars without NASA. The European Space Agency, China, India, Japan, etc also could say the same thing. 


My dream would be a multinational effort with a multinational crew.

Of course, that's probably just a dream.
jastroff
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8/1/2014 | 12:34:33 PM
Re: Mars
@dave  -- nice Geekened article

>> I think it should be one of humanity's top goals, not only because of the stunning achievement, but also because the attempt would yield technology we could use to improve life here on Earth.


We could get some good technology out of it, but I wonder aout the geopolitics of it all--if we can't get along on Earth, why go somewhere else to fight?
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