posted on Jan, 25 2014 @ 05:07 PM
What intrigue me are the questions of "WHY?" and "WHY NOW ?". Why was the timing chosen for 2012 to 2025 ? Why not earlier or (even better) later
? What piece of knowledge/ discovery/ "ace up their sleeve" gives them the idea that this can be feasible or that it has to be attempted ?
I am asking this, because to undertake the responsibility of investing 6 billion in this type of project, to involve people who can afford to
(potentially) finance this gargantuan undertaking, to burden one's soul with the moral and legal implications of sending people into unknown (some
say "certain death") needs VERY SERIOUS consideration.
The process of selecting candidates has begun.
Under a logical train of thought and from the perusal of the FAQ on their website, it is relatively safe to assume that they ran a case study to
determine the feasibility of the project, the potential for financing in the long run, the legal and moral implications of the entire concept, the
issues and difficulties that can be reasonably forecasted and so on...Seems legit (so to speak).
Assuming for a moment that IT IS a legitimate effort to colonize Mars....it begs to ask these 2 questions: "WHY?" and "WHY NOW ?"
I mean we have plenty of stuff to explore right here on earth (oceans would come to mind as primary example)...why send people to what appears to be
certain death ? I really don't buy the "extraordinary adventure", "giant leap for mankind" and the "human curiosity" crap....not when 6 billion
is in play (maybe I'm just jaded). I just think it's a big chunk to swallow in the name of "adventure" and "horizon expansion"...
Don't get me wrong, I am certain that, as a collateral, us, peons on earth, may benefit marginally form the scientific advancements that stem from
this kind of endeavor, but....there has to be a higher purpose or ulterior motive.
1. Resources ? (what have Curiosity and Opportunity uncovered ?)
2. Need for a new habitat in the near future (50-100 years)? (SciFi, I know, but given the state of the world these days, no catastrophe appears out
of the realm of probability).
3. Need for a testing ground for some technology that really needs to remain secret ? (I realize one might ask "why send volunteers if
that's the case, but again, we're talking about an extreme game of chess...pawns are cheaper than "second row" pieces, so that makes sense in a
cruel kind of way...plus there will be more crews sent every two years).
4. Again the question of what have Curiosity and Opportunity uncovered that needs further study ? My first thought would be remnants of an ancient
civilization with "tech" left intact and operational !? An actual civilization (if we can make it there, who's to say others cannot ?)
Any thoughts ?