18 March 2007

To Mars and beyond!

The recent discovery of large deposits of almost pure ice on the Martian poles is exciting. Mars is extremely inhospitable, with a good Martian day looking like a warm day in Antarctica (minus the fish and the breathable atmosphere). Even so, the discovery vastly raises the odds of human beings being able to create self-sustainable colonies on Mars at some point in the not-to-distant future.

We need to stop throwing so much money away on things like Operation Iraqi Liberation and work harder at setting up some pockets of human habitation away from the Earth. In addition to the practical ends of such a mission, few historical accomplishments (except for the discovery of intelligent extraterrestial life) could have such repercussions on human consciousness. It's an exciting thought: we could be looking out into space knowing that we were out there. And this is one place where we could put our knowledge of how to induce global warming to good use!

6 comments:

DAV said...

I wish that would happen.

CyberKitten said...

As you said Karlo it's something we could be doing *now* with present technology and would certainly be a better legacy than the money being wasted (and enbezelled) in Iraq.

If only our species could gets its priorities straight!

Evil Spock said...

My friend who works for NOAA hates to hear stuff like this because NASA will divert their funding to finance the Mars trip.

Karlo said...

Judging from the fact that the government could come up with a trillion to finance the depopulation of Iraq, I figure we can give NOAA half a tril and go to Mars on the rest. Tell your friend not to worry.

Evil Spock said...

Do you think they can throw a measly 10 million my way? You know to finance, my um, blogging research and stuff?

Karlo said...

Sure. We'll have them call a cease fire for 2 or 3 minutes and then send you the proceeds for the money saved. The check is in the mail.