So, I read that the government, not only the United States government but governments of other countries are working towards colonizing Mars. Colonization of Mars should begin in the year 2023. This is the next 10 years. Can anyone explain what the rush is about? Why now?
Haha, I'm pretty interested in the project and it'd probably be the only reality TV show I'd ever watch. I wonder how they will choose people myself - probably a certain age, health, background and so on.
I doubt they want drama between the astronauts to be the focus - the things they see and experience should be drama enough. But they'd have to be sure that they don't send anyone sick... who's going to heal them?
I'm a bit skeptical about it actually happening. It's an extremely ambitious project, even if SpaceX is one of the partners. I can't quite fathom how they're going to find people who are intellectually and emotionally capable of carrying out the mission who are also eager to die on another planet.
It will be interesting to watch it unfold, to say the least...
True. They'll also need a brave and sure captain to lead the mission. And a likeable but somewhat bumbling first mate. I envision there also being an older, wealthy couple to give elderly viewers someone to relate to. Plus they'll want a couple of female leads to round out the cast - perhaps a washed-up actress and a girl-next-door type. That's a good source of dramatic tension.
Where did you "recently read" this? Your other thread on the same topic? The U.S. government might have a launch vehicle and operational human-rated crew capsule by 2021, if there are no budgeting or production delays. Mars exploration isn't a remote possibility until the mid 2030s, and even then we mightr just be sending humans to Phobos. Besides - all of the experiments that have tried to simulate life in a self-sustaining bio-dome have been failures, as far as I know. If we can't even build a working replica of a Mars colony, we're nowhere near the real thing. Mars colonization is a distant fantasy.
The Chinese have just successfully docked with their own space station and several Chinese astronauts are up there now - they have plans for a Mars lander or a Mars moon lander, I forget which - but they will be the only ones left who can afford it soon anyway, especially if they team up with Russia and cut us out of the deal.
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