I recently wrote a Hub here on HubPages about Mars One and am really interested to know what other peoples views are on the plans being set out and to discuss Mars One itself. Do you think it will work? What challenges do you think the Astronauts (the applicants) will face leading up to leaving Earth and during their time on Mars? What Technical Challenges do you think will face here on Earth? How do you think the events of Mars One will affect religion and religious societies? I'd be really interested to know your opinion and discuss this question.
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Thank you for your answer James, I completely agree, without trying, we will never know; discovery does indeed involve inherent mystery. How far do you think too far is? Would you ever consider going to Mars yourself?
I think too far is manipulation of the nature, structure and cycle of the universe. Not to include the changing of the state of the universe, simply in living we do that. But when we disrupt its perfect, self-balancing cycle, we've gone too far.
Thank you again James, however I don't think I can agree with our current cycle being perfect, or completely self-balancing, as it is in constant change, more than we ever realised until recently. As for going too far, how far is too far?
Sure, it's in constant change. But it absolutely homeostatic in nature. Look at Earth, for instance. Until we pumped too many fossil fuels into the atmosphere for it to handle, the Earth perfectly balanced its own air, water and soil to support life.
I don't believe that the Earth has been balanced for a long time even before us, as for pumping fossil fuels into the air (e.g. CO2), to be honest with you, although it is not necessarily good, there was 5 times as much when Dinosaurs roamed Earth.
Perhaps; I'm saying by pumping as many fossil fuels as we have into the air by anatural means, we've thrown off Earth's cycle - not that it's never seen as much CO2. Earth is still a perfect oasis for human life, surrounded by things that kill us.
I often wonder--what will we do if we get there? Look around? Learn more about the Martian surface? For what? There's no life there. All we're going to find are red rocks and red sand.
Thank you for your answer MT, it is true that safety can be a worry, they are however planning to use the landings for equipment and rovers prior to the astronauts landings, would you ever consider going?
I wouldn't go. There are too many things I love on Earth. But I do see Mars as a bit of a "plan B" for humanity. If something goes horribly wrong with Earth, humans can survive in this universe, which (in my mind) is priceless.
Stargrrl, there may still be things yet to be discovered on the planet.
MT, I too love too many things here on Earth,I agree that it is some sort of a plan B, but how do you supposed they'd get us there if we needed to evacuate? who would get to go.
Hopefully we will have established an effective transport system by the time Earth would need to be evacuated. Though I imagine, if Earth does start to become unstable, it will be a slow burn, rather than an all-at-once kind of thing.
I'd like to think we would have sorted transport too, however, I do feel it may be bias to those who are wealthier/appear to have more importance, what do you think?
Yes, there would likely be a bias. Although that could arguably lead to a rebound for Earth. Say, for example, your rich oil tycoons leave for Mars, and emissions plummet here. Maybe it would be better to stay.
Thank you for all your comments and answer MT, I agree, there could be a better outcome yet.
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Thank you for your answer dashingscorpio, what makes you think it will have no effect? I agree that man is only limited by his imagination, do you think we want it bad enough?
Thank you for your answer Stargrrl, what makes you think there will be problems? Eventually the part of our race on Mars will inevitably evolve, I guess that may in some ways make them superior to us here on Earth. You can't just buy tickets for it.
With all the advances & marvels of discovery man has made over the years including going to the moon religious people have not only held onto their faith their numbers have grown. It's doubtful a known atheist could get elected president of U.S.
dashingscorpio, I agree for the US, but what about other countries? What are your views there?
Thank you for your answer Debra, this is true, there have been issues with Gravity levels, the only thing we know about the life support will have produced a breathable atmosphere of 0.7 bar pressure, 3000 litres of water and 120 kg of Oxygen.
So close but so far. I think it may take yet another 100+ years before we can actually travel past our moon....man that is. I love all the pictures the Hubble n othr crafts are bringing back. We must also no how old the are. not enough words left.
What makes you think it will take 100 years +? the proposition is to have it completed in 9/10 years,