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Susan_Nunziata
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9/4/2014 | 1:25:12 PM
Re: Next stop: Mars
@SaneIT: Thank you, you've helped me focus my plans. I'm staying on Earth and making a beeline to Cuba when the Zombie Apocalypse hits.
David Wagner
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9/4/2014 | 1:09:11 PM
Re: Next stop: Mars
@SaneIt- Fair point. Maybe I'm making the erroneous assumption that that spirit would be alive and well on MArs. Certainly NASA used to have that spirit. Perhaps it is gone. 
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SaneIT,
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9/4/2014 | 7:47:16 AM
Re: Next stop: Mars
I think relying on technology to survive in a harsh environment is a bad idea.  I think the only reason the Curiosity rover is still going it because there isn't a human there to mess with it.  Smart people have a tendency to mess with things thinking they can make it better when really all they need is for it to work.  In my opinion if you want to see who would survive the zombie apocalypse look at countries like Cuba where guys are building water purification systems out of nothing and welding with car batteries and jumper cables.
David Wagner
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9/3/2014 | 1:46:25 PM
Re: Next stop: Mars
@SaneIt- I see what you are saying, but if you go to Mars, you are going with 21st century technology and presumably the wealth of human knowledge. I would assume zombie apocalypse leads to a dark ages of lost knowledge on Earth.

You might actually be in a better spot. and presumably, the people allowed on the shuttle are top notch humans and their families (so i wouldn't be invited). I think I'd rather try to make it work with the elite of humanity than go through the Dark Ages on earth.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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9/3/2014 | 1:25:10 PM
Re: Next stop: Mars
@GAPProgrammer- Well, for one thing the parameters of the question is "viable" Mars community which implies the ability to eat.

But it is an important question to ask. Mars is a desolate place. Right now, there'd be no way to get enough supplies to Mars to create a self-sustaining food chain. In the short term, we're all stuck here fighting the zombies whether we like it or not.
SaneIT
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9/3/2014 | 7:24:47 AM
Re: Next stop: Mars
@GAProgrammer,

This is pretty much what I came here to say.  Anyone who thinks colonizing another planet with a group of people you don't know is going to be any different than fighting for resources on Earth didn't think this out very far.   Assuming you survive the trip how are you going to sustain yourself and your family in the coming years.  You can only pack so much spaceman food paste.  So you'll have to hope that you can get some farming going assuming you're able to build a greenhouse to protect your crops and the soil is fertile enough to actually do any growing.  Then if you do manage to get your things in order what happens when the neighboring clan across the crater has a bad year for crops.  I'm staying on this mud ball and fighting for my little corner of the world.  I do know where I'd set up camp though and I'm not sharing because I don't want a bunch of people following me.

 
GAProgrammer
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9/2/2014 | 4:56:38 PM
Re: Next stop: Mars
Shane, what makes you so sure the group who goes to Mars won't be reduced to rabid savages when THEIR supplies run out. Or when the air does? Or the water? At least you know you can breathe on Earth!

That being said, I'd go to Mars because I have always wanted to go into space. At least I'd die with that dream being fulfilled!
majenkins
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9/2/2014 | 12:02:09 PM
Re: Need More Info
My compound has a huge solar array to provide power and I have lots of rechargable death ray batteries.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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9/2/2014 | 12:00:15 PM
Re: Need More Info
@majenkins- I'm OK with that as long as it runs on pedal power and coconuts like a Gilligan's Island episode.
majenkins
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9/2/2014 | 11:58:45 AM
Re: Need More Info
Well if I get to make up my own parameters then I am going to invent a Zombie death ray that I can broadcast like a radar beacon and keep them away from my compound and eventually cleanse the entire planet. Of course that would leave a lot of dead/undead bodies laying around stinking up the place.
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