posted on Jun, 1 2012 @ 12:57 PM
I think that it is very impressive that the company behind this is thinking of making this happen in the early twenties, but I have my concerns. Most
noted in my estimation is the size of the habitat. In normal space travel, one is expected to spend only a relatively small portion of thier life in
the un natural environs of a spacecraft and its life support systems. The cramped conditions, and spartan decor are just a fact of life that one puts
up with because one knows that one is going home at some point.
However, I worry for the psychological condition of anyone selected to spend THE REST OF THIER LIVES in a series of life support habitats, which seem
bloody tiny, and unable to return home to see thier loved ones, friends, family, or even thier own home planet, ever again. The only difference
between being on the ISS for the rest of ones natural life, and this, will be the gravity, which, if anything, will make the lack of space even more
of an issue.
This is not an acceptable environment for a person to spend thier final days, let alone the better part of a lifetime! Its one thing putting a person
in a coffin, but one might have the decency to wait until they are dead first! Before mankind sets a colony on a planet, we should ensure that there
is enough space to walk in, and a veiw of the sky that is uninterupted. If these people are serious about sending humans to Mars, then they should at
least provide a transparant geodesic dome under which a person can retain the protection of life support, and yet see thier home star, observe thier
home planet via telescope, and see the terrain upon which they are living out the last days of thier lives.
In my veiw the Earth to Mars mission, if it is indeed to be one way, then it ought to be enacted with the intent of building a true city there by
degrees, with wide open concourses, room for hundreds of thousands, and all this being done well before mankind actually has to inhabit the space.
There should be a myriad of robotic assistance for any potential arrivals including foundation diggers, dome panel constructors, tunnelers, welders,
and survey drones. It is not good enough to merely land a pathetic little habitat like the ones which are planned, and colonise a tiny little spit of
the place. You know where that will get our species? No-bloody-where!
I am all for colonising space, but I believe that there is no point starting small. We already started small. We landed on the moon, we took the
first step. Now we need to run the marathon, right away. There is no time for completing toddler stage exploration like this. We need to move on to
the real colonisation. Perhaps if mankinds explorers are unhappy with the cost of going full on in the Martian atmosphere with its winds and so on,
they should colonise the moon first? One way or another, we are not going to get very far if we continue with these half baked, tiny scale projects. I
agree that it would be an achievement to get man to Mars, and a bigger one to have him stay, but only if he can live in an approximation of the
comfort he could expect here on Earth.
Look at this for a timeline. The Wright Brothers flew in atmosphere.Yuri Gagarin traveled in space, then Apollo landed on the moon.Next step should
be setting up comfortable surroundings for future realistic colonisation of other worlds, not being sent to live out your life until you die in a
lightweight steel tube in amongst some red dust and winds that travel as fast as bullets.