I Should be Writing this on Mars

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The problem with Mars is that it is far far away. If anything goes wrong it is hard to send things to mars quickly.The moon is close by and we should build a moon base now.We can go to mars later.We should learn to walk before we try to run.
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You don't have to go the full Zubrin flight profile.Use an atomic pile for your engine. Loft ice blocks into orbit as reaction mass, and use slow orbits to position more ice in Mars orbit. Do the same with return supplies and landing modules. Leave it all in Mars orbit using cheap years long flight paths.Then send a faster manned ship. If return reaction mass is pre-positioned, the ship doesn't have to be the size of Battlestar Galactica.
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Why not colonize the bottom of the Ocean on Earth first? Seems much easier, and probably more "scientifically beneficial" than going all the way to mars.Answer: because colonizing some worthless place is a waste of time.I would be amazed I would have to explain that to an EvE Online player but you are probably doing PI in highsec.
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Two persons were most responsible for killing the US space program. Not rich dudes. Not communists. Two US Presidents.Nixon and Obama.
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You don't know that. No one has tried yet. You are throwing away a whole planet full of resources and terraforming potential because you can't see past your own luddite nose.If explorers had had the same attitude in the 1400s, Europeans wouldn't have colonized the Americas.
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Terraform a planet? TERRAFORM A PLANET?! Terraforming Mars would take millions of years, if it is possible at all. Not to mention all the stuff we would need to get on Mars or at least in orbit around Mars. We would need a fleet of thousands upon thousands of rockets and incredible amounts of fuel. Terraforming will never be an option.And ressources? Planets are bull**** for ressources. besides the deep gravity well of a planet-sized object (which again takes a lot of fuel) most of the metals have sunken into the planet's core during the early stages of it's life (in fact the metal deposits in earth's crust are remnants of the bombardement of asteroids after the crust formed).And machines can colonize planets. Send ressource harvesters down on the planet, bring the refined materials back up in orbit and from there back to Earth. However, this could be done much more efficently on smaller bodies, lets say asteroids.Face it, humans are not made for space, let machines do it.
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The simple answer is that rockets don't buy votes, "Great Society" welfare and wealth redistribution programs do. This in spite of the fact that all of the modern age is dependent on technology driven from the development and support of the space program.
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the best article that I have read here, so far
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You wanna find the one private investor with a few billion dollars laying around to send a mission that will not earn any profit?How about we take away half our military budget (which would still be the biggest in the world by a long shot) and give it to nasa.
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Terraforming mars would not take millions of years you moron. It would only be a matter of filling the atmosphere with CO2, something that we find trivial here on Earth, also Mars being a much smaller planet, would take far less time for the CO2 to build up. If you brought the soil from mars back to Earth you could grow plants in it already.Stop talking out your ass.
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Welcome tot the industrial military complex, your REAL governement together with the Central Bankers
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That's really the most annoying aspect of this issue. Mankind could do something amazing and set foot on Mars, perhaps even have a small base there. The only thing keeping us from it isn't technology, nor motivation, or even imagination, it's that stupid bureaucrats prefer to spend money on war and weapons.
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> Von Braun's interest in rockets was specifically for the application of space travel, which led him to say on hearing the news from London: "The rocket worked perfectly except for landing on the wrong planet." He described it as his "darkest day".Sounds like an enthusiastic warmongering Nazi to me.
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Here we squat, in the rubble of the Space Age, endlessly grousing about uppity women and queers, teaching how Jesus rode dinosaurs, while the developing economies of the world eat our technological lunch. But at least we have a financialized economy!
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I'm secretly hoping some Asian nation decides to take men to the moon and make Western civilisation look like idiots for not doing so.
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Yes, because having 3-4 cents out of every dollar you give to taxes could be better spent on....It's hard to find something better considering space exploration betters humanity. Building some fighter jets or highways is just an abject failure in comparison. Take a third, even a quarter of the US military budget and use it for something productive, I don't think anyone would notice (aside from republicans with links to arms manufacturers).
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Uhmm you do understand that BUSH actually was the only modern president that has ever committed resources to going to mars.Obama of course is the only president to kill a mars mission.... if only Obama had died we would ............ wait that shitstick hasn't done a god damn thing except take ronmeycare and fuck it up.
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You would need a lot more CO2 than on earth because Mars orbits at roughly 1.5 AU from the sun, so the energy density of sunlight will be at only about 60% compared to Earth. So you would need far more CO2 than on earth to produce a greenhouse effect that would heat Mars up to earthlike temperatures. Don't forget, a couple degrees Kelvin on Earth are already a pretty big deal, but on Mars we are talking about 80-ish degrees Kelvin.And Mars being small is not a good as it sounds ... Mars may actually be too small, as it apparently had a rather dense atmosphere long ago. However, mars has only about 38% of earths gravity, which might be to low to keep a stable atmosphere consisting of light elements for an extended time. You might want to insert CO2 at a constant pace into the atmopshere, or at least dump large (really large) amounts at once at the planet. However, there are things like launch windows and stuff, you really don't want to fly to Mars when it is on the other side of the sun. We would need to build HUGE spaceships to transport a meaningful amount of CO2 to Mars. And you have to build HUGE spaceships in space. And to build HUGE things in space you need to harvest ressources in space, because launching the material needed to build a HUGE spaceship would need a insane amount of energy. A Falcon Heavy can carry about 53,000 kilogramm to LEO, even to build something like a Nimitz-class carrier, which weighs about 100,000 tons you would need about 1,900 launches.And then there is another problem when trying to terraform Mars: Water. You want lots and lots and lots and lots of water. Mars doesn't have nearly enough water. You might want to bring some comets crashing down on Mars first.Maybe we should first work on utilizing the remaining 70% percent of our planets surface area before we talk about Mars.
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SpaceRomney here....As you folks know, bush jr. wanted to send a man to mars, but Obama said no.I'm real sorry about that, but hey I told you he was a political hack that only cares about keeping his nice gig in the white house.
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I even added, "Hello! It's Scott Manley here," automatically.
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Here's a thought: use a greenhouse gas that's more effective than CO2? In terms of greenhouse gases CO2 is pretty lame compared to, say, Methane.And no, please leave the oceans alone. They're fubar enough as it is. If humanity wants to use the ocean for any kind of foodsource for the next century, they better not screw it up any more.
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Scott Manley: reminding everyone that Scotts have epic accents since 2010.
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You talk so much about space but you still don't know that Gagarin's flight was in 1961, not 1962.
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moongoloids ?
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This is the best hratli smirks channeling I've seen yet. Bravo Denogger. More science/space primers!
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Potato, potaato.
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You just need to strap on a few nuclear rockets! Im sure Jeb is up for the challenge!
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"Without even listening to my explanations, [von Braun] ordered the Meister to have me given 25 strokes...Then, judging that the strokes weren't sufficiently hard, he ordered I be flogged more vigorously...von Braun made me translate that I deserved much more, that in fact I deserved to be hanged...I would say his cruelty, of which I was personally a victim, are, I would say, an eloquent testimony to his Nazi fanaticism."-- The words of a French resistance fighter who worked as slave labor at Peenemünde.Robert Cazabonne, another French prisoner, testified that von Braun stood by and watched as prisoners were hung by chains from hoists. Von Braun claimed he "never saw any kind of abuse or killing" and only "heard rumors...that some prisoners had been hanged in the underground galleries".And who can forget that 1960 biopic "I aim at the Stars, but I sometimes hit London"?Von Braun was a pragmatic man. The reason he worked for the Nazi regime despite professing after the war that he was completely against it (just like the rest of the Germany after WW2), was that the German Army was extremely interested in his work - indeed, his doctorate thesis was partly classified for use by the German Army. Like most researchers today, you gotta go were the funds are. While it may not be relevant too much today, since his contributions to space flight far outweigh his human rights abuses, it's important to note them - not every invention or idea came about entirely with good intentions in mind.
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I doubt that, In fact I think it's the other way around
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It's interesting to me that the date of this article's publishing is also the first day of the Humans to Mars Summit, taking place in D.C.http://www.livestream.com/expl...
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And where's my hoverboard?
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terraforming it doesn't take long at all, have you not seen total recall?
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The thing that has always annoyed me, is that despite going to the moon being a amazing feat, simple fact is Russia was first in space, but no one says anything about it like its no big deal, just goes to show how propaganda works.using the Mario game analogy, imagine Russia completing first level before anyone, and USA comes along completes level with better score, and no one mentions Russia's accomplishment ever again, but simple fact is they were first to complete it, which is always more difficult to be the first.
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Not to be confused with technetium holding EVE players, moongooloids.
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Year 2013, list of countries who can put a man in orbit and bring him back safely:RussiaChinaAnd that's it.
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That would be a pertinent comment if that's what we'd been doing in the Yoo Ess all this time. Well, okay-- it's half true-- we have been redistributing wealth ... upward to the guys who keep crashing the economy. We're far too busy subsidizing bad bets on bad bets on bad bets, as well as banker's bonuses, to have a space program.
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You're asserting that, in this particular respect, it's possible for them to make us look like idiots. Well, bigger idiots than we do already, I mean.
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Yeah, no kidding. It's 2013. I can see them not trusting me with my own air car, entirely understandable, but where the hell is my personal robot?
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Just a quickie: the first piloted mission took place in April 1961, not 1962.Check dates better, brah.
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Obama didn't say no, he said get to an asteroid first, create a private space industry, and focus on research before going to Mars and the Moon.Now is it just me or does that seem more financially sound, organized, and possible?
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I would have been posting this comment from my own deathstar burning down zergs while riding my anti-grav skate board, but unfortunately all the smart science people guys are too busy developing new iphone instead.
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What's hilariously dumb about your comment is that the greatest time of NASA spending happened under the exact President who led the "Great Society". Also, the idea that a wealth distribution program, which is explicitly and by definition the creation of additional taxes on the rich for the benefit of the poor, would somehow preclude NASA spending more than, say, a political party whose active goal is to decrease government spending is.. literally the opposite of logic and reality. You are so dumb I want to believe you're being sarcastic, but honestly I don't know anyone funny enough to have written something this stupid on purpose.
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Kind of hilarious to blame Obama for cutting the Mars program when he was literally being forced to cut the budget all over the place just to have a functioning government by a party fueled by the massive resources and rage of rich old white men
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It's certainly a glimpse in to a possible future. Offsets the dread I feel with the ability to home produce firearms on a 3D printer.
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The problem with mars is radiation exposure.
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Good article, mankind is way too busy fucking around with phones, money and other tribes (we call them countries) to be bothered with its own destiny. Fine, death by space rock it is.
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The problem with mars is.... *Seriously* guys??? The problem is our technology and our frail human will. Let's fix both shall we?Also, I liked this article very much.
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Wow. Perhaps you should ask the experts. Ask a cancer research scientist if he'd like these billions spent on flying a couple of guys to Mars on the off chance that it may provide a break through or spend the money directly on that research. Are you honestly asking us to believe that we as a planet should spend billions on a trip to Mars on the basis that we may get some small benefit from the technology used? And I'm the one on drugs?You should stop reading those sci-fi books and take a good look at the real world, there a million and one problems that need solving before we go wasting huge amounts of cash on pointless journeys to dead planets so that we can get a better kind of tin foil.
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Sadly your both a) fucking stupid b)wrongWhile the "great society" plans did indeed prepare our country to be royally fucked, all for the sake of winning the war on poverty (worked just as well as the war on drugs) and some other really fucked ideas; it had little to do with NASA.That being said, there is some truth to the idea that buying votes is far more important to our shit society than it ever was before.BTW "wealth distribution" is theft, you don't believe me? FINE I will come take you fucking wallet and call it wealth distribution. While I am at it mind if I fuck your wife and call it "pussy distribution" ..... no? (shit that's probably change SHE can beleive in)Ya know what killed the space program?It wasn't defunding. Thats just how the liberals ensured the murder of thousands of Vietnamese persons after Nixon had gotten the north to stop fighting and sign a treaty. (seriously, fuck liberals for leaving them to die after starting the shit and then promising their support)It wasn't people getting bored even (though that had something to do with it)IT WAS HOWEVER NIXON'S FAULT (but not the way you think)Nixon was in many ways the real life version of MittensHe knew how to get shit done, was not exactly good, but not some evil fuckhead (like sort dragon), he did however believe in the power of Nixon. (in many ways he was a lot like obama)He thought (and was right) that he could end the Vietnam war with a military push, followed by a peace treaty.AND HE WAS RIGHT.... what he had not considered was that the liberal run house would NEVER allow a republican to end the war that poptart JFK had started. SOOOO they defunded the peace process and left millions of Vietnamese to die.... all for political measure.Nixon also believed that he could end the cold war. Sadly he never truly understood the power of the military complex that JFK had built.But he tried anyway with this : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...sadly what it actually did was end the space race, because our enemy wasn't really an enemy anymore. Later Nixon got kicked for lying, and soon after the liberal gave us the worse fucking president of all time Carter.This was swiftly followed by the second worst president of all time Reagan who immediately got the cold war well lit.But our space program never recovered
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Yeah I use that trip with my kids all the time."well dear before we get a pony let buy a dog, ya can't strap a horse to the roof"But the difference is, we are not all 3 year olds. EVEN THOUGH some on the left still act like one.Bottom line, we were working on a manned mission, now we are not.AND I WILL REMIND YOU, that asshats were saying the same thing about going to the moon.THERE IS NOTHING NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOTTTTHHHHHHIIINNNNNNGGGG financially sound, organized, or seemingly possible about visiting other objects in space. That kind of talk is what you get from a BA student.We do it anyway because space."Hope without action leads to empty promises, Change without reflection leads to pointless action"FUCK WHAT A BUNCH OF DEFEATIST SHITWAGONS
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CO2 can be breathed by plants and converted into oxygen.
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Mars lost its atmosphere not due to its weak gravity, but from solar radiation blowing it away, a process which took millions of years.
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And by converting CO2 to Oxygen, the green house effect gets diminished. We would need to bring oxygen-breathing lifeforms on Mars to get the CO2-concentration in the atmosphere stable.And how does the Nitrogen situation look on Mars? Thanks to hundreds of millions of years of evolution, living things on Earth need Nitrogen. Even more stuff to launch torwards Mars.And solar radiation blowing Mars's atmopshere away? You know that the Earth gets more solar radiation due to it's closer orbit around the sun? And apparently Mars's shitty magnetic field can only partially explain the planet's loss of atmosphere, as Earth had periods where it's own magnetic field was quite horrible weak, and our atmosphere is still around. The low gravity certainly has something to do with it. And yeah, the lack of a strong magnetic field is anjother one of this sucky properties of Mars which would make terraforming a nightmare.
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And the Americas would have been better off for it
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They don't have any craft able to do that.
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Hmmm several down grades on my comment. I'll explain:f the author thinks "we've become a nation of xenophobic assholes" it is clear the twat did not live in the 1950's and 1960's when we were far, far more xenophobic. Are we perfect now? No, but we have gotten better. Are we a nation of luddites? Far the fuck from it. Do we not have enough STEM students? Debatable IMO. You can take somebody who has a talent for math or STEM and can put them in a program they might not have chosen on their own, and yes, they'd do well. But you cannot take somebody who lacks that talent and put them in such a program and expect them to do well. STEM isn't just things like knowing how to use a computer or do some math it is understanding shit like the Dominated Convergence Theorem, what a contraction mapping is, and shit in computer science I don't even know about.The article was good up until the last two paragraphs where the author just moaned and groaned that people aren't doing what he thinks they should.The guy is a punk ass whiny cunt who is probably 24 still living at home with his parents. Grow the fuck up, and get some fucking perspective you shit fuck. Maybe try logging off his various video games and talking to people who lived back in the 1950s or try reading a book about that time...or shit see some fucking documentaries.So yes, a whiny cunt.
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It almost feels like article author assumes that this website is only read by Mericans.
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The problem with Mars is that there is no economic reason to go do this thing. As far as scientific value goes, probes are kind of shitty compared to a real scientist, but they're a lot easier to get over there. It makes a lot more sense to let a probe search for alien life or magic unobtanium. Then when it finds some, finance a mission to send real people. As far as economics goes, there isn't a lot of valuable stuff out in space. There's space tourism, a small niche for the wealthy at the moment considering the costs. There's asteroid mining, but the costs mostly outweight the respective returns. It looks like asteroid mining will also be run on probes: Send a cheap probe out. Have the probe slowly push the rock back on the least fuel consumptive course. Hope somebody wants to buy a rock in orbit around the Earth. Then there's the value of the scientific knowledge. Its worth a bit of university funding but considering that at this moment the knowledge is neither vital, economically valuable, or militaristically valuable, well. That's not a lot of value left.As for energy sources, there is only one out there worth trying to harvest, the sun. Solar satellite farms could be a thing. That would at least get a few people into Earth orbit to set up and maintain them. All you need is a set of variables to line up. You need the expected profit from a solar satellite in orbit to be more than the profit from building on the ground, after you factor in the cost of launching the damn thing. Hey there's now something to do with the rocks people have towed into Earth orbit. We have not yet reached that point.Now for colonization. All the other planets suck. There's no water or oxygen free in the environment. At best a colony could produce research, but at an incredible monetary cost. Think of all the people who have moved to Antartica and built cities on the sea floor. Not that many dudes. Just a handful of scientists really. Those are infinitely easier environments to survive in and supply. Its not like population pressure is terrible that we have nowhere else to go. My state has huge areas of sparsely inhabited space. And in Colorado you know what? The air is free and water is really cheap. You also don't have to spend 10,000$ per pound to get into orbit to get to colorado either. You can probably get to Colorado from anywhere in the world for less than 1000$.Some time in the last 80 years, people got sold this idea of humans living in space. Its a dream that isn't economically viable yet. Being annoyed that we could do this expensive thing but haven't bothered is beside the point. If you want to fund it you can, otherwise you're just complaining on the basis of how cool it would be that someone else hasn't wasted a ton of their own money. As to the US. If I had to choose between pumping billions of dollars into a space vanity project, or investing in the nations infrastructure and schools, I would choose the latter.What we will probably see is a few scientific colonies of tiny handfuls of people established across the solar system at some point. We will have a probe 'mining' fleet that brings rocks back to earth orbit for use in industry there. The industry will mostly service power satellites and the few scientific colonies. The moon may become a valuable place to put really dangerous industry. I'm talking about things like antimatter production plants, self replicating nanotechnology, dangerous biological research. It could be quite some time before we get to that point, requiring moderate technological improvements. We probably won't stretch beyond that point until the human race experiences incredible technological breakthroughs.
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Conservatism happened, Nixon, who now would be considered a Liberal, and later Raygun (sic), who was not president but for 2 years before Alzheimer's claimed his higher cognitive abilities and his Presidency was run by his inner cycle. Then we had 8 years of Clinton, who destroyed what little in terms of a safety net we had. Then the Sith Lords moved in, Darth Rove and his apprentice Darth Cheney.The Us is not the center of the world anymore, and only the most out of touch call it the greatest country in the world anymore.Might makes right won. The country lost its last best hope with the death of Robert Kennedy and the decline has proceeded unabated.
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Incisive. I doubt many will realize the wisdom of these words.I'd like to read more along these lines, contact me.
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EU can do it as good, if not better than Russia, China's program is brand new.
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To be fair,she is utterly gorgeous. She would have to come along on the trip to Mars
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Stop talking out of your ass.Mars's gravity is too low and it lacks a magnetic field to deflect solar winds, which makes it impossible for the planet to retain an atmosphere with the thickness of Earth's.
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A manned mission to Mars probably isn't directly worth the immediate investment. But we've seen with NASA missions time and time again that the new technology and new techniques developed become worth their weight in gold-pressed latinum as they mature and move into the public sector.
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"Without even listening to my explanations, [von Braun] ordered the Meister to have me given 25 strokes...Then, judging that the strokes weren't sufficiently hard, he ordered I be flogged more vigorously...von Braun made me translate that I deserved much more, that in fact I deserved to be hanged...I would say his cruelty, of which I was personally a victim, are, I would say, an eloquent testimony to his Nazi fanaticism."That sounds like my PhD advisor. Nothing new in science!
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Also hilarious to say Obama's not a rich dude.http://www.celebritynetworth.c...
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I was a cancer researcher (drug delivery). And yes, I would love to see this money spent on a trip to Mars. Technological research right now is yielding much better fruits on a per-dollar basis than pharma dollars.
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We could take 1% of the military budget and DOUBLE NASA's funding. For 2013, it was 1.4 trillion versus 18 billion.
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We should just bail out GM again by buying up all their Hummers and sending them over. We'll have a good CO2 concentration in no time!
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The loss of atmosphere would take millions of years, otherwise mars wouldn't have any atmosphere to speak of right now.
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so add more CO2?Anyway having no magnetic field does not instantly remove the atmosphere, it takes the solar wind a long time to erode the atmosphere, so Earths magnetic field weakening would not have any noticeable effect if it was only temporary. Mars's atmosphere took many many years to vanish, if gravity were the cause, then it would probably never have had an atmosphere in the first place.Whatever atmosphere we bring would probably linger for millions of years.
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I also forgot, water is a better greenhouse gas than CO2, so once we have plants on the planet making it semi warm, a water cycle could supplement the now gone CO2.
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How does one weight how much human right abuse is tolerable for a certain scientific contribution? I'm planning to purchase some slaves (haven't decided the type yet) and want to know if this will be woth the moral expense I'm having. Please contact me, I can make it worth the professional advice.
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I can do that to a woman, and I'm not even a country.
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Yuri Gagarin wasn't the first man in space. He was the first man to come back from space.

 

With the launch of Sputnik on October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union gave the first interstellar middle finger to their Cold War foe. This landmark launch, followed by the April 12, 1962 launch that made Yuri Gagarin the first human in space, demonstrated Soviet domination of space race over the United States. Not one to take such an ass-kicking sitting down, John F. Kennedy delivered his famous urge to the American public to get off their fat asses and into space, promising to put a man on the moon within the decade. The motivation was clear: plant an American flag on the moon and one up the reds with the first ever interplanetary "fuck you."

  

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Wernher von Braun was a key player in development of U.S. rockets. He also developed rockets for some other people in Germany during the 1940s.

 

To reach the moon, America called into service the Saturn V rocket. Consisting of three stages, with the first stage featuring five F1 rockets, each with a blistering 1.5 million pounds of thrust, the Saturn V gave the U.S. the payload capacity necessary for a round trip to the moon. The Saturn V was so powerful, so well made, and so capable of withstanding the incredible strains put on it that it may well be one of the best machines ever built. Saturn V rockets successfully carried Apollo mission 8 and missions 10 through 17 (with the lone "whoopsie daisy" of Apollo 13) to the moon. The U.S. won the space race and further exploration of our solar system seemed just around the corner. To go to the moon and not go further would be like never playing past the first level of Mario.

The next logical step was obvious: Mars is the next checkpoint in human space exploration. By far the world most like our own, Mars is 1 1/2 times further from the sun than earth. It sports low temperatures of −225 F (-143 C) at the polar ice caps, with the frozen CO2 (dry ice) to prove it. However, those extreme colds are paired with surprisingly hospitable temperatures of 95 F (35 C) at the equator during the summer season. Reaching the red planet wouldn’t be as straightforward as traveling to the moon, a proverbial weekend vacation relative to the 9 month, one-way trip to Mars. Advancements in propulsion technologies would greatly reduce this travel time, but by using the Hohmann transfer orbit (a method of using orbital bodies to move a spacecraft from a low orbit into a high one, and vice versa), contemporary technology was all that was needed. Science and technology were improving rapidly, and despite the Cold War, it appeared that with international cooperation humanity could work to advance space flight further than ever before.

 

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The Surface of Mars, where we could all visit if our country wasn’t filled with sissies.

After the early 1970s and the Apollo missions, NASA sought to develop a reusable space vehicle, and in the early 1980s the space shuttle was born. No longer purpose-driven like the Apollo days, the shuttle program languished without direction. With the country no longer galvanized by Cold War fears, NASA’s budget was slashed to a fraction of its 1960s heyday, and now sits at a paltry 53% of what it was in 1966.

 

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The gutting of NASA’s yearly budget: at its high point (1966) the NASA budget of 32,106 million dollars (blue line) represented 4.41% of the Federal Budget (red line). Today it is only 0.48%.

 

The United States, the once-proud leader of science, technology, and exploration – the country that sent our best and brightest to the moon with golf clubs and moon cars! – has withered away to a nation of uncultured, technophobic losers. In China, 50% of college graduates are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) graduates. In Indonesia, that number swells to 66%, a full two-thirds of college graduates. In the U.S., it is a pathetic 25%.

Yet here I sit, on this boring dumb planet we call Earth, listening to the news talking about the fiscal cliff and Taylor Swift’s new doomed relationship. No hope of visiting the moon and no hope of walking on the red planet. In 1969, we sent two cowboys to the moon with a buggy computer less powerful than modern phones. Instead of the technologically advanced explorers that we seemed destined to become those many years ago, we are a country of xenophobic assholes.

I should be writing this on Mars.

As a chemistry PhD student I spend most of my time trying not to die from the poisonous gases and pyrophoric materials that are common in my lab. In between brushes with death I spend my time loving all things space related.