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Will we ever go to Mars?

Old 05-26-05, 03:57 PM
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Will we ever go to Mars?

Is the idea of NASA putting a man on Mars pure science-fiction? Or is it something that could theoretically happen in the future?

What do you think?
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Old 05-26-05, 03:59 PM
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I think NASA's more or less dead at this point. Russia or China needs to land people on it first for us to be interested again.
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Old 05-26-05, 04:02 PM
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NASA had to cancel several good projects for this Mars/Moon landing mission. I don't think the Mars thing will happen, but will we land on the moon again? Sure.

But do I think it's all wasted money? Yep.
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I think the research and development that comes from such a mission is very valuable. But otherwise, it is a ways off. It would be a 2 year mission. That's tough to swallow.
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Honestly, I think there are a lot more things that need to get straightend out here before we set our sights on heading to other planets.
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Originally Posted by Draven
Honestly, I think there are a lot more things that need to get straightend out here before we set our sights on heading to other planets.
But it's easier to run away from problems than to solve them.
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Old 05-26-05, 04:29 PM
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Personally, I have the Babylon 5 idea.

We will survive ONLY IF we go to other planets.
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Old 05-26-05, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
It would be a 2 year mission. That's tough to swallow.
Why? Astronauts can't afford a TiVo or something?
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Originally Posted by Draven
Honestly, I think there are a lot more things that need to get straightend out here before we set our sights on heading to other planets.
There will never be a time in the future when that also won't be true....and we still won't fix those problems, either.
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Old 05-26-05, 04:38 PM
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We will survive ONLY IF we go to other planets.
Yeah, no sense keeping our eggs in one basket.

Bush: NASA, you guys go to the moon and Mars.
Congress: Hey boys, we're cutting your funding in half.
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This will be a top priority in Bush's third term.
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Old 05-26-05, 04:39 PM
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I watched a very good BBC pseudo-documentary called Space Odyssey. It's an imagined international space voyage with manned landings on Venus, Mars, Io, Pluto and a Comet, consisting of two 1-hour programs. It's a very well done mix of scientific extrapolation and drama involving the 5 person crew and several key ground control personnel. The visual effects and production value are also very impressive for a educational type program.

It originally aired on the BBC last fall. I don't know if it is available for purchase on DVD, or viewable on their website, but if you have the chance to see it I would recommend it.
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For the sake of our national budget, we'd better hope that NASA doesn't try to land men on Mars.
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I think it'd take a full scale wipe humans off the planet nuclear war to prevent us from eventually colonizing mars
manned landing on venus is dumb though considering the amount of acid rain that planet has
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Old 05-26-05, 05:57 PM
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No, we'll never make it to mars. With the "pi=3" attitude that's becoming more prevelant in this country, don't look for many more scientific advances at all.

Unless it's got something to do with killing people in a more efficient manner.
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Old 05-26-05, 06:18 PM
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Well, NASA doesn't currently have the capability to put a man on the moon so I think it's going to take a long long time for NASA to put a man on Mars. First we have to complete the space station, and then we need to build a base on the moon. From there we can build a huge starship and send a large crew to colonize Mars.
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Are you kidding me? By the year 2000 we will have flying cars, robots attending to our every need, cures for almost every disease, a way to manufacture all the food we could ever need, a colony on mars...
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Honestly, here's the scenario... it's just not pretty from a U.S. perspective...

The United States is old... it has learned to vote itself bread and circuses and is in serious decline. It managed to land people on the moon, but in reality, around 2050 it will fall apart, due to internal strife, budget issues, and lack of clarity of self.

Mars? Nope, too far sighted for an old country.

China, maybe. China is a new country in one sense, is rising, is figuring out what it wants to be. A ways to go maybe, before it ends up being a true first world country.

Mars? Not yet, for sure. But maybe around 2050, when the United States is finally falling totally apart, we've had World War III which barely averted total nuclear destruction, and China saying, "Hey, how do we make sure we get by in this post World War III world where Pope Paul II tried to take everything over...." --- yeah, Mars sounds good.

It's all about continuance - we'll get to Mars - it just may not be the United States that does it.


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we'll go probably when antimatter can be harness from the sun's energy
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There's a whole city on Mars they're keeping from us...
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I think we will go to mars but not in the near future. We have lost our fantasies. A rocket killed the man in moon and growing up have destroyed the rest. The religious right will not hear of the possibility of other life out there. Then with so many monsters with human faces right here on Earth there is no time to check out alien faces on Mars.

Without another major power working toward space travel America will keep its feet on the ground where it is safe.
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Old 05-27-05, 01:07 AM
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Originally Posted by General Zod
Are you kidding me? By the year 2000 we will have flying cars...
Was i the only one who thought this would actually happen?

Watch Back to the Future as a kid and you'll believe anything.
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Here's what I first thought of when I read the thread title:

Bart & Lisa: Will we ever go to Mars?
Homer: No.
Bart & Lisa: Will we ever go to Mars?
Homer: No.
Bart & Lisa: Will we ever go to Mars?
Homer: No.
Bart & Lisa: Will we ever go to Mars?
Homer: No.
Bart & Lisa: Will we ever go to Mars?
Homer: No!
Bart & Lisa: Will we ever go to Mars?
Homer: NO!!!
Bart & Lisa: Will we ever go to Mars?
Homer: NOOOOO!!!!!
Bart & Lisa: Will we ever go to Mars?
Homer: If I take you, will you please stop bugging me?
Bart & Lisa: Of course!
Homer: Fine!
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