A few days ago, I listened to a story on NPR about people seriously working on going to Mars.
The thought of going to Mars appeals to my sci fi side, that Star Trek generated notion of exploring and going boldly. But this NPR story feels closer to home and more like science fact.
One apparent fact is that the founder of Space X, Elon Musk, “… developed spacecraft for one-tenth the cost and one-third the time that NASA and the aerospace major companies have done.”
One-tenth the cost and one-third the time! How’d he do that?
I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if it had something to do with NASA and those other companies being slowed down by bureaucracy. But I better not get started on that tangent. I might rant.
From a romantic, Trekker, point of view, I find the idea of going to Mars, fascinating.
But mars, as described here, is a cold, dusty planet, exposed to the hazards of radiation due to lack of a protective atmosphere. Yet “NASA is now planning for a manned mission to Mars, which is slated for the 2030s.”
All things considered, I must honor the fact that I am deeply in love the planet Earth. I wonder if we should be focusing our time and energy on making our home planet more livable and sustainable instead of gallivanting around the solar system.
Besides, I get motion sickness if I read more than one sentence while riding in the car. So I think I’ll pass for now. But who knows, maybe someday, I’ll change my mind.
Do you think we should go to Mars?
Or should we stay home and clean up our own planet?