Tuesday, October 21, 2014

INTERSTELLAR EXPLORATION

There are those among us who believe our life on Earth is coming to a close. Not soon but in the foreseeable future. Thus they are searching for new planets on which to establish a colony of earthlings. One of the sites being talked about as a new Earth is the planet Mars, long known as the Red Planet because of the coloration of the soil. Recent discoveries there have led to the belief that there was once water on the planet, a building block to life as we know it. The first humans to land on Mars may be many decades away but it is still an interesting proposition.  Can human life actually be established on Mars? Only future scientists will know for certain.


11 comments:

  1. As long as you could still get cable and the internet.

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    1. Getting rid of garbage will probably be the first need. That will instigate the first argument whether the government or private enterprise can do it better.

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  2. My late mother, a rational and educated woman, said it was a prevailing view/hunch of many learned people at the beginning of the 20th Century that life had once existed on Mars but was somehow destroyed. I don't think she fully endorsed the idea, but the possibility of there being credibility in the concept never left her. I think the best way to explain it is to say she kept the door open to the possible truth in the idea.

    To your question? Yes I think human life could be established in a kind of scientific colony. The timeline is uncertain though efforts are being applied to make it happen. I would hate to think we'd further export our warring and despoiling ways to elsewhere. Maybe we should learn to treat this planet with respect and reverence and that includes learning to live with other human inhabitants with the realization that all of us are in this together. It's the same air, water, earth and resources. Clubbing each other for advantage, greed, or because we have different skin color, religions, ethnicity or beliefs is stupid and should disqualify us from leaving this blue sphere until we get beyond our barbaric ways. OK, thanks for the soap box!

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  3. We can't accomplish universal healthcare or immigration reform, so I think a colony on Mars or any other planet is off the table.

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    1. If earthings do establish a colony; how do we keep John McCain from wanting to bomb it?

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  4. Wait a minute...is that really a picture of Mars or some part of your epidermis???

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    1. That is right, he was bragging about his close up camera.

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  5. Looks a little like a paper bag.

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  6. looka like water in the sand.

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  7. One wonders, with the privatization of space travel and research, if the first person off the lander will say "A small step for me, a giant leap for Amazon (insert any business)".

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