posted on Jan, 16 2004 @ 10:46 AM
Some of the ideas i and some friends have been discussing about our future mission's to mars and the moon. I personnel think we need to develop a
vehicle to go from earth to the ISS frist. THen once we have that working build a space ship in space that would only be used in that enviroment, no
reentry capabilities. That why stress on the ship is limited, and payload launch issue don't occur. You have to look at it like this, could we build
a ship on earth and launch it to Mars with all they will need for a minimal 12 month period.
We have proven we can do this for trips to the moon but that is only 4 month's( 2 month's each way i belive). But mars will be a whole nother
story, building in space will make it easier in the long run. The ship to Mars will need fuel( with present technology), food, space for the
astronauts, lander for Mars, recovery vehicle, all this would almost make and earth launch impossible. I agree with building a base on the moon to
accomplish this, the advantages are just to great to pass up. But i think we need a dedicated space vehicle to fly back and forth from the ISS to the
Moon base. That why we don't have to worry about the ship having to be refit after every reentry. Just my two cents on this.