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(Globe and Mail)   Would you go to Mars on a 501 day round trip with your wife? Difficulty: Your wife, no showers, no toilet paper, drinking your own urine   (theglobeandmail.com) divider line 115
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2013-02-28 12:27:46 AM
No.
 
2013-02-28 12:29:57 AM
Other than the Mars thing...how is this any different than what were doing now?
 
2013-02-28 12:32:17 AM
Yes, absolutely.

Now.....we'd be asleep in different capsules the whole time, right?
 
2013-02-28 12:32:45 AM
Going with the wife would make it easier.  Though mine wouldn't want to go in the first place, and would threaten a divorce if I went alone.
 
2013-02-28 12:33:01 AM

Head_Shot: Other than the Mars thing...how is this any different than what were doing now?


No beer either.
 
2013-02-28 12:34:56 AM
Dwarf Tossing 501.
 
2013-02-28 12:35:12 AM
I drink budweiser, so I'm golden

...so to speak
 
2013-02-28 12:36:14 AM

fusillade762: Head_Shot: Other than the Mars thing...how is this any different than what were doing now?

No beer either.


I drink Budweiser, so I'm golden

...so to speak
 
2013-02-28 12:37:10 AM
crap
 
2013-02-28 12:37:12 AM
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2013-02-28 12:38:00 AM
Hmm, alone in space. How long before there is an "accident" and one of 'em ends up dead?
 
2013-02-28 12:40:25 AM
they'll be around about lunar orbit and someone will take a walk out the airlock.

if they send newlyweds it won't make it out of LEO
 
2013-02-28 12:40:53 AM
Sounds like a job for married TotalFarkers.
 
2013-02-28 12:41:11 AM
Pretty sure they just have other ways to shower and clean up after using the toilet in space. If not, alternative uses of urine could be explored. Make sure the wife is open minded.
 
2013-02-28 12:47:30 AM
Won't SHE be surprised when I sneak off the pad at T-60!
 
2013-02-28 12:50:50 AM
HOUSTON, WE DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM ANYMORE
 
2013-02-28 12:52:06 AM
I just mentioned to my wife today that I'd chew my arm off for an opportunity to make that trip.  She said she wasn't going but my one armed self should have a good time.

So I'm going.
 
2013-02-28 12:55:00 AM
I'd do it.  The kids would understand, right?  Hell, they can come too.
 
2013-02-28 12:56:15 AM
Send up a German couple and solve two problems.

/I keed
 
2013-02-28 01:03:24 AM
I'd miss my kids terribly, but yeah maybe they'd understand.  Granted that's just enough time to make another and that's a weird proposition.
 
2013-02-28 01:03:28 AM
Hmmmm....space nookie...vs trapped with my wife.

Can I just take my girlfriend, instead?
 
2013-02-28 01:05:55 AM
The story is also on io9 right now.

The most popular comment thread there is a bunch of people whining about the fact the spacefaring couple is expected to be "heteronormative".
 
2013-02-28 01:06:59 AM
i.cdn.turner.com

There can be only NONE!
 
2013-02-28 01:11:40 AM
What would they do for oxygen? Would they be able to store enough, even if liquefied?
 
2013-02-28 01:17:17 AM
FINALLY, we can have an argument where she doesn't just get to leave the room when I'm winning!
 
2013-02-28 01:17:23 AM
no. hells no. send my biatch wife up with my batshiat insane mother. Day 502: KrispyKritter is sitting pretty on mondo insurance / inheritance dollars. worry not, i'll get over it somehow, coming to the funerals in a spanky new convertible with a pair of hookers escorts to console me.
 
2013-02-28 01:17:42 AM

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: The story is also on io9 right now.

The most popular comment thread there is a bunch of people whining about the fact the spacefaring couple is expected to be "heteronormative".


Cisgendered heteronormative? Because the last thing I want is to be surprised about that kind of thing of Day 1 of a 500 day trip. These details matter, you know.
 
2013-02-28 01:22:20 AM

gadian: I'd do it.  The kids would understand, right?  Hell, they can come too.


Woah. Mars is no place to raise a kid. In fact, it's cold as hell.
 
2013-02-28 01:24:55 AM

Relatively Obscure: Woah. Mars is no place to raise a kid. In fact, it's cold as hell.


Eh, they'll get over it.  And have no trouble picking up chicks when they start dating.
 
2013-02-28 01:26:02 AM
With my wife- No.

Watch from the launch pad as she leaves for Mars,knowing that so far nothing we've sent to Mars has ever returned - yes.
 
2013-02-28 01:28:18 AM
Open the pod bay doors Sweet Pea. Sweet Pea ... open the pod bay doors.
 
2013-02-28 01:30:02 AM
As long as we can take along plenty of books (probably in electronic format) Hubby and I are willing. Just got to pack and find a dog sitter.
 
2013-02-28 01:35:57 AM
501 days worth of food, water, and supplies. Not to mention comouters/equipment. That's going to have to be one big farking craft. This is a pipe dream. Can't wait to see how "the free market" pulls this off.
 
2013-02-28 01:36:49 AM
Yes. After 20+ transpacific flights in coach, we can handle that no problem. My wife and I like each other. And, we both know when it's time to shut up, which is possibly the secret to a happy marriage.
 
2013-02-28 01:40:42 AM
My wife and I would both sign up.

Unfortunately, "Inspiration Mars" is "inspiration for America" and you have to be an American couple. For America.

Something THE CANADIAN PRESS ought to mention, ya think?

//I actually like my wife.
///any space vessel is going to be bigger than the apartment.
////and Canada is cold so we know about not leaving the apartment for fear of death.
 
2013-02-28 01:42:01 AM
Everything but the wife would be bearable and not unlike daily existence. Jesus farking christ though, if I'm going Mars I want to enjoy the trip. I can get nagged for the 500 days regardless.
 
2013-02-28 01:53:04 AM

Rent Party: I just mentioned to my wife today that I'd chew my arm off for an opportunity to make that trip.  She said she wasn't going but my one armed self should have a good time.

So I'm going.


You only need one handarm.
 
2013-02-28 02:01:42 AM
um, can I go without her?
 
2013-02-28 02:07:04 AM
[Bear_Grylls_Better-Drink-My-Own-Piss.jpg]

/I know it's filtered, but still appropriate
 
2013-02-28 02:17:42 AM
Can they send Minecraft?  Think I'd be good in that case.  Throw in an Elder Scrolls game for good measure, doesn't matter which one.

No Oblivion.
 
2013-02-28 02:20:54 AM

gayb: Yes. After 20+ transpacific flights in coach, we can handle that no problem. My wife and I like each other. And, we both know when it's time to shut up, which is possibly the secret to a happy marriage.


Yes, but the trip to Mars would be like taking 1500 transpacific flights in one continuous stretch. Do you really think you two like each other that much?
 
2013-02-28 02:22:03 AM

pyrotek85: What would they do for oxygen? Would they be able to store enough, even if liquefied?


I think on the ISS they use scrubbers to remove CO2 and actually make oxygen from H2O. Still, whether you take along oxygen or make it from water, it means you're going to have to bring a crapload of something along. (And you're going to have to have plenty of power available if you're going to be converting it from water.) I don't see them sloving the problem with photosynthetic means anytime in the near future and the energy required (and materials) to convert carbon dioxide to oxygen would not be feasible for such a mission either.

There's a feasibility study PDF link in the Boobies here: Link They obviously think they can pack enough for them, but I still have to wonder how much redundancy they're building in.

I think your point is more than valid. That and the radiation exposure dangers ultimately mean that this whole thing is just a big farking pipe dream. If he wants to do a long term study of people in space just park them at an Earth Moon L-point for 500 days. They'll be a lot closer to home if something goes wrong and they can glean the same scientific knowledge that they could from a loop-the-Mars mission.

I think the guy should put his money somewhere else. If he wants to spend the $ in space, great, but how about not just pissing it (and two people's lives) away? How about building some robots and sending them to Europa or something? And he shouldn't try to pass it off as pure science; it's reality show science.
 
2013-02-28 02:24:45 AM
Because I'm going to bed and too lazy to GIS.

beargrylls.jpg
 
2013-02-28 02:27:06 AM
Also: How has this:
l2.yimg.com
not been posted yet?
 
2013-02-28 02:31:31 AM
If you're going to colonize a planet you need 4 males ages 25-32 and 16 females aged 16-22
 
2013-02-28 02:34:05 AM
If I can have Timothy Olyphant for my wife then let's go.
 
2013-02-28 02:52:31 AM

gadian: Relatively Obscure: Woah. Mars is no place to raise a kid. In fact, it's cold as hell.

Eh, they'll get over it.  And have no trouble picking up chicks when they start dating.


I have a feeling you'll be burning out your fuse up there, alone.
 
2013-02-28 02:57:04 AM
StopLurkListen:
Cisgendered heteronormative? Because the last thing I want is to be surprised about that kind of thing of Day 1 of a 500 day trip. These details matter, you know.

Don't worry, in that much time you'd... adjust.

 The team of space veterans behind the project hasn't quite figured out the technical details of the rocket they will use or the capsule the husband-and-wife astronauts will live in during the 16-month voyage.

Yeah, those are a few teensy tiny little details for a mission you want to launch 5 years from now.  Anyway this is a rubbish plan.  Send only two people out for 500 days just to buzz past the planet?  What exactly does that accomplish, other than generate a lot of publicity and cost a LOT of money?
 
2013-02-28 02:57:14 AM
There's NO REASON to go. Jeez, if you want to experience something similar, just wander out in the middle of the Gobi desert while wearing a deep-sea diving suit, and stay there for a year and a half.

There. I just save us like a billion dollars.
 
2013-02-28 03:08:52 AM

ZeroCorpse: There's NO REASON to go. Jeez, if you want to experience something similar, just wander out in the middle of the Gobi desert while wearing a deep-sea diving suit, and stay there for a year and a half.

There. I just save us like a billion dollars.


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