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posted by lil_eastoe: “Does anybody else reckon that by building a base on Mars the International Space Station (ISS) would be rendered obsolete? The ISS travels around the earth and allows us to research orbital things, but having a Mars base would allow a self-sustainable research center that can expand at a much greater rate . . thanks for your replies . . I couldn’t find any other threads on this topic.” Eastoe [Edited by Don W]
posted by Hopefully Helpful: “I don't think you can compare planetary based research station (ISS) with a space based one. The fields of research are completely different. Most of the research on a Mars station can be done on Earth too, except when it comes to research fields concerning Mars itself. A space based station as an access point to the rest of space is always better then a Earth based one. We should have both orbital and planetary bases. One is useful for things the other can't be used for and vice versa.” [Edited by Don W]
Originally posted by donwhite
Well, I don’t want to ever say we could not learn much by going to Mars. OTOH, as I see it, we have an obligation to furnish food and water to all of Earth’s inhabitants before we launch a program to go to Mars and back. It would surely costs $1 T. I just do not think WE as a fellow humans have a RIGHT to spend this kind of money when we have so many people - 2+ billion - in desperate need of the basics for survival. Not just for the good life, but for survival. It would be a blatantly misdirected expenditure of money which I’d describe as misfeasance if not malfeasance.
NO MARS TRIP THIS YEAR.
Originally posted by lil_eastoe
Would it eventually be possible to launch ships towards planets from the ISS or is that something that will be left to the moon?