posted on Jun, 21 2014 @ 06:43 AM
a reply to: ATSmediaPRO
Its admirable that Mr Musk is driving towards the goal. And he might succeed. But what about if he DOES succeed. I have some concerns.
1. Do they have a space suit design that will be reliable for YEARS of use? These people are not coming back. Are they going to have space suits that
they can put on day after day, for DECADES and have them work? As far as I know there is no such design. The NASA suits used in the shuttle program,
were used on brief forays, had to be kept under tightly controlled specs when not in use, and are really like miniature space ships in their own
rights. These suits are going to get dirty, be exposed to falls, tears, radiation, etc, and for a period of decades. Once one stops working the owner
will not be able to go outside. Have they really thought about this?
2. Radiation shielding on the surface. Will they be able to adequately shield the colonists for long durations? How will this be accomplished?
3. Redundency of critical systems. Do they have enough hardware so if say the heating unit that keeps them from turning into a block of ice at night
fails, they can repair or replace it? No hardware stores exist on Mars, what ever they take is going to be all they have.
4. Biological containment. Do they have plans in place not to contaminate Mars with Earth bacteria? Or to protect themselves from potential Mars
pathogens? If someone coughs in the airlock they could release an organism that could run wild on Mars, possibly killing organisms that already live
there. NASA routinely sterilizes probes for this reason. A human colony will be anything but sterile.
Those are the main concerns. There are a lot of other things but these are really the most critical.