posted on Aug, 15 2012 @ 03:51 PM
Originally posted by flexy123
This is a future which might be 50, 100 or 200 years from now. [...] But it will require lots of time to get there.
I believe it will never happen. It's only going to get more expensive, particularly when it comes to humans going into space. We're not really
built to travel in space for any length of time, and "warp drive" is not going to be available soon, if ever. Same thing with "free energy,"
which would be necessary to thaw out enough underground Martian water to make lakes and rivers and a breathable atmosphere. It will always be cheaper
to keep the air and water contained, given the limited number of people who will be there.
And in the year 2200, the Earth's population will be about 21 billion, or three times what it is today. Unless we do something stupid like cure all
diseases, and then it will be much more. You think resources are strained now, just wait.
The most efficient way for us to explore Mars (or space in general) is either by using intelligent robots, or by setting up an online Virtual Mars
using data gathered from robots to create a kind of Sim Planet. People can just plug into it and get the vivid, virtual experience of being on Mars
without the time and cost of actually going there, or the annoyance of wearing space suits and living in a cramped little dome. Walk around, feel the
soil, watch the sunset, all from the comfort of your own apartment. Or, if you prefer, skip the dust and boredom of Mars and visit the much more
interesting although fictional Pleasure Planet. Guess which one most people will choose?
Nope. If you add it all up, it just doesn't make sense. It's just a fantasy, and like most fantasies, reality just can't live up to it.