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Making Life Multiplanetary

Making Life Multiplanetary
« on: 03 September , 2019, 12:04:15 pm »
Good morning,

For generations, we and our ancestors have always looked at the dark sky, looking for answers, trying to find a solution for our beliefs… Getting lost in the thousands of stars that flood the night sky has been a tradition even for the firsts humans that inhabited our planet. Sometimes, while diving in the immense universe a little red dot is spotted, a planet, but not any planet, that insignificant spot will probably be our future, the salvation of the human kind… that spot is not just a simple star, it is Mars...

Since Mars was discovered scientists around the world have studied it deeply, we have sent several robots to its surface and there are satellites orbiting around its almost non-existent atmosphere, however, there is something we haven't done yet. Humans haven't arrived to Mars.

Getting to Mars might seem easy but it isn't, the amount of money needed to build a giant spacecraft is unbelievable and surviving there sounds like a sci-fi story. But arriving to Mars is part of our future, anything bad could happen to earth, we have to be ready.

Some important companies are working in doing this dream a reality, NASA plans to settle a moon base so that we get to mars from there in 2030.
However, SpaceX is working to get humans to Mars and he plans to arrive there in 2024, having sent two cargo ships in 2022. And one of the most interesting things is that he is trying to find a way to reduce the cost of the trip, making it affordable to particulars.

But there are many variables which should be studied:
  • How are we going to eat?
  • How are we going to create oxygen and water?
  • Where are we going to live?
  • Are we going to survive to the radiation?
  • Who is going to rule?
Apart from stablishing a community, arriving to Mars means a lot more. Investigation could be done, would we find live? Could we terraform Mars?

As you can see, when thinking about colonizing Mars many questions appear, that's why I have opened this new topic. I want everyone interested to share opinions about the mars colonization, because you might think this only appears in sci-fi books, but not anymore, this is real, this is our future. As Elon Musk (CEO of SpaceX) said:

“You want to wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be great - and that's what being a spacefaring civilization is all about. It's about believing in the future and thinking that the future will be better than the past. And I can't think of anything more exciting than going out there and being among the stars.”

I'll leave some links here so that you can start investigating:
https://www.spacex.com/mars
https://www.nasa.gov/topics/moon-to-mars
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/index.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdUX3ypDVwI

Best regards,
Manuel Cortés (Spain)

Re: Making Life Multiplanetary
« Reply #1 on: 04 September , 2019, 00:14:41 am »
Hi Manuel!

Thank you very much for showing so much interest for other topics besides yours. This really shows what Investiga is all about. We aren't enemies or rivals, we are all colleagues and thus shall help each other, because, with cooperation, we can achieve any goal we have. You know, two heads are better than one.

Anyway, thank you for this interesting post, I'm sure everybody will like it, specially the participants in Space Science. Remember you can share any piece of information that you find interesting (and, of course, that is related to science and/or technology) here in this blog.

Keep it up! ;D
VET-ES-Pablo