posted on Dec, 2 2018 @ 09:31 AM
Okay, so Mars is our next nearest "planet" in the Solar System, just a 120m mile hop, skip and a jump. All arrows point towards mankind going to
Mars sooner than later.
So man lands on Mars, and someone observes a shiny rock a few meters away from the landing site. Someone suits up and goes out to said rock to
investigate. Wow, it really is shiny, so he (or she) picks up said rock. Wow, it's pretty heavy too. Better take this back to the ship to
Once back on the ship the astronaut's suspicions are confirmed. It's a rock of solid 24ct. gold! We're rich, they think. Then, everyone on the
ship get's 'Gold Fever' and they all suit up and grab their space shovels and head out to find more. To their amazement, there's gold everywhere!
In fact, there's solid gold just under the surface no matter where they dig. They discover, though the planet is covered by centuries of dust, Mars
itself is actually made out of solid gold!
Some of the astronauts try to buy items from each other, but there's so much gold it's worth nothing and they wind up using things like air and
water as currency. Gold is worth nothing on Mars, but back on Earth gold is worth a fortune. If they could only figure a way to get some of this
gold back to Earth.
Back on Earth, the Elon Musk's of the world are all running around with their hair on fire screaming..."Mars is made of gold!! Mars is made of
GOLD!!" NASA and Space X and countless other countries start building massive cargo ships to go to Mars and mine the gold and bring back
spaceships full of gold.
THEN...the realities set in! Gold is pretty damn heavy. Effective space travel requires the polar opposite of heavy, everything needs to be
ultra-light in weight. Even lifting water into space is a challenge, but now we're talking about solid gold? And what of the mining effort itself?
Gold is one of the most malleable metals known to man. It doesn't fracture like regular rock does. Digging the gold out would be nearly impossible,
and you can't blast it either. Okay, so we'll use giant torches to melt it into liquid to extract it, problem solved. Now back to the issue of
getting all the gold back to Earth.
One day someone discovers a void in the gold, and inside this void they discover a whole colony of benevolent Martians. The colony of Martians can
cure all diseases with a machine they've developed, but the machine uses the same thing they use for food as fuel to operate it...gold. The Martians
themselves are disease free, but they cannot survive without consuming vast quantities of gold each day for food.