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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
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2013-02-28 05:16:05 AM  
5 votes:

The Snow Dog: 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

You don't go to mars only for science. That's why NASA has fallen hard from grace in the budgets. The nerds just don't understand how normal people think.

This guy does. We want people to visit mars because we want to visit mars but cannot. No one cares about the science per se, but only as it relates to visiting other planets. Back in the day we got to the moon and people still talk about it. Why? That shiat's farkin' awesome. We're doing a lot more science on the ISS and nobody really cares until a space shuttle explodes? Why? R&D is boring.

Space tourism, if it could be cheapened, would bring in money that would make government budgets look like chump change because at the end of the day all people really care about is themselves. They want to go play golf on the moon. The insistence on mission efficiency is a bane to space research. The more boring the missions, the less people want to pay for them. This guy has the right idea. Get people excited about stuff, even if it's not much scientifically, it's much more important the masses are into it than we identify another silica crystal variety.
2013-02-28 09:29:36 AM  
2 votes:
I would do it in a heartbeat.  I'd love nothing more than to be on a deserted island (or in the middle of BFE-Montana) with my wife as it is.

What's up with all of you people being married to people you hate?
2013-02-28 02:31:31 AM  
2 votes:
If you're going to colonize a planet you need 4 males ages 25-32 and 16 females aged 16-22
2013-02-28 01:35:57 AM  
2 votes:
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 06:04:24 PM  
1 vote:

Arthen: After that much time the skeletal and muscular adjustments due to low gravity would mean you wouldn't be able to come back to earth.  After half a year in orbit and four hours a day of heavy exercise the risk of heart attack, stroke and bone breakage is severe.

A little late to be adding a comment to this thread, but Valeri Polyakov would tend to disagree with this assessment after spending 437 days in orbit (all of them heart attack and bone breakage free).
2013-02-28 08:20:30 AM  
1 vote:
While I guess I understand the "Geewhiz" bit, this mission makes very little sense

It's a free return mission- you don't even orbit the planet.  Science return will be zero.

For the crew, it's about 6 hours of excitement at the start and then sitting in a tiny room for 500 days.  You're not even going to have big windows to view Mars for the few hours you can see it.

For the public, there's no payoff.  Folks want to see some guy jumping off a lander, muffing his big line and then bouncing around on the surface, not two people in a box returning photos that are worse than what the MRO can already do.  It will be even more boring than the ISS since you won't even have the fun of watching the Earth go by.
2013-02-28 06:27:50 AM  
1 vote:
No showers, no TP, ...

Why not just take a Carnival Cruise?
2013-02-28 01:36:49 AM  
1 vote:
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 01:30:02 AM  
1 vote:
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 12:47:30 AM  
1 vote:
Won't SHE be surprised when I sneak off the pad at T-60!
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