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As, far as the question of, "Would I go if we were doing it?" Absolutely, no question about it. Even with the risks and hardships it would be a better life then sitting on this planet, slaving away just to buy more consumer goods and waste my free time with idle entertainment. It would be a life that had meaning not just for me but for our whole species as well, because as I worked to help build the colonies, I would be helping to expand the knowledge, influence range and power of our species, and help ensure the long term survival of our species. After, all heaven forbid something happens to the earth at least some of us would survive.
Originally posted by hollwd
reply to post by Juggernog
Are you SURE you would NEED A biodome on Mars. Are you SURE there is NOT an atmosphere that we can breath.. What about all the plants and trees and water, Artifacts that they do NOT want you to see..
What ever. I am not sure I would believe what they tell us about Mars..
Maybe we came from there.
Robert Zubrin (born April 19, 1952) is an American aerospace engineer and author, best known for his advocacy of the manned exploration of Mars. He was the driving force behind Mars Direct—a proposal intended to produce significant reductions in the cost and complexity of such a mission. The key idea was to use the Martian atmosphere to produce oxygen, water, and rocket propellant for the surface stay and return journey. A modified version of the plan was subsequently adopted by NASA as their "design reference mission". He questions the delay and cost-to-benefit ratio of first establishing a base or outpost on an asteroid or another Apollo Program-like return to the Moon, as neither would be able to provide all of its own oxygen, water, or energy; these resources are producible on Mars, and he expects people would be there thereafter
Going to Mars first offers other financial benefits other than just tourism such as mining of Mars and the mineral rich asteroid belt. Then there are all the associated industries attached to tourism and mining that will spring up once such projects are in action. Settlement of Mars will be one of the most lucrative ventures ever entered into, and that's where space tourism and mining can serve to lay the foundation for such efforts. This is where I come to my proposal, my point. The initial project which will provide short and long term profits on a scale unimagined for all space exploration, tourism, mining and settlement must encompass all of the above criteria. It must be able to be expanded upon and serve many different functions. That is where all other smaller ventures fall short. I propose that a domed city be built on Mars that is able to hold 7500 people and will include a strong commercial sector, shopping areas, hotels, resorts, medical centres, a university, theme parks, swimming areas, parks, residential sectors, a large greenhouse area for food production, a space port nearby for the depature and arrival of tourists and industrial workers, roads leading to mines and a separate industrial sector near those mines. There will also be underground shelters to hold the population in case of dome problems and many other safety systems in place. This city will house 2500 permanent residents and 5000 tourists every day of the year. Enough money has already been wasted by government and private sector on unprofitable space ventures, and now is the time for something new, something that transcends all of these small time efforts and builds on them. It is time for a city to be built on Mars.
The city will utilize the very latest technologies and will be a real showcase for many companies to expose their products and services to a worldwide audience and to the tourists and residents of the city. How can such a project happen? Well the first thing we need is people with open minds, vision and open wallets. I guarantee there will be problems and disasters in this project as history has shown with other great projects but you need to keep your focus on the results. Thats what pioneers of old did and they also felt the satisfaction of being part of something grand, something that would stand as a monument to their vision and courage in the face of amazing odds. This is only a rough sketch of how it could be done and is flexible to change as long as those changes bring costs down and timeframes down.