no because there'd be too many variables to consider. Plus, we really don't know if mankind will be able to survive on mars or not, as more than likely a lot of people will die trying to colonize it in the beginning. Then again, it would be interesting to be one of the first people to help colonize it, as it would be such a tremendous feat for mankind everywhere, and the experience would probably be wonderful to explore.
however, i doubt we'll be colonizing it soon though.
I've heard that you could bring your bike, but that you can't have any babies unless they're Martian babies (and by that, I don't mean, just being a Martian citizen by virtue of having been born there). From what I understand, they don't want a recreation of the over-population of human beings that has taken place on Earth. Half-human/half-Martian babies are, of course, not only a-whole-nother thing - I've heard they're particularly good looking (except for the half-green skin, of course).
Absolutely, too many morons on this planet that think the producers should support anyone who wants to be a parasite and live off the hard work of others. Besides you could run around naked and not be arrested!
Recently NASA did a poll on their site asking who would volunteer to colonize Mars. In response they got thousands of emails from people asking how they could sign up and what they had to do to qualify. It seems there will never be a shortage of volunteers. I just hope that when the day comes I can make the cut!
No, I'm not a risk-taker. I like familiar environments and home comforts. I'd be very interested in following news of the colonisation though. It would be interesting to have a job organising aspects of the colonisation from Earth.
I tend to think that humanity is not mature enough to take on another planet. Look what happened to the "New World" (America).
But still, it's nice to "what-if" about terraforming and colonizing Mars, and perhaps even Venus (a much tougher nut to crack).
Technologically, we're still in our infancy regarding such things. But our technology is far ahead of our moral(?) or ethical(?) maturity.
I love America, but sometimes this "land of the free, home of the brave" does things because it can, rather than because they should be done. The UN may be a "drag" for some politicians who feel held back, but such democratization could help keep all of us safer, even from the country to which some of us feel so attached. One nation claiming Mars (an illegal move by UN writ) would create a scenario for all kinds of potential abuse. Think "gulag." A new "Siberia" to the leading world power who gets there, first.
For now, I like the idea of colonizing Mars, but only in my science fiction.
I would, with a few circumstantial variables in place. First, my mother, who I love too much to leave, would have to come or be dead. I would have to have no children of my own assuming they would chose not to come. So, assuming I do go, I would be proud to go and represent all of humanity on another planet. I think it is integral that some people take this leap of faith into a what is thickly unknown. I want to go, I wish I could sign up a seat on the ship there tomorrow.
Interesting idea, but I think each traveler would have to B.Y.O.O. (bring your own oxygen)!
With the current technology, I think not. I would volunteer for the round trip, but I think I'd hold out for the next quantum leap or two in technology before colonizing Mars -- gate technology, or elemental tractors (for beefing up the atmosphere and hydrosphere), and warp drive (inertial shielding and FTL [faster-than-light] transport of raw materials). The atmosphere would be a cinch, but the oceans would take several magnitudes longer. Look out for lots of dust storms until the oceans were in place, and probably until a large area of biosphere was in place.
Ever thought about the underground caverns where there may already be life? I wrote my last hub about it and was surprised while researching it that that is where there is running liquid water and the possibility of some form of life. So we could live underground?
One thing about living underground: you're using the materials at hand, and all that rock could be good shielding for the smaller meteors and from solar storms.
If there's life in the caverns, I wouldn't want to catch some incurable disease!
Perhaps such life doesn't even have DNA, but it can still pump out toxins and consume bodily resources. That's one of the major worries about interplanetary or interstellar travel. Other life might just find you to be a yummy snack, even if it is only a microbe.
Of course everyone is assuming that the US or the UN will boldy go . . . . but the last shuttle trip is next week or so, and the Chinese are planning Mars probe landings in preparation for an actual visit. I don't recall seeing much about it in the media either, but it hs been in the news here for some time and seems to be an ongoing mission.
Yes I would but there would be some people I would need to take with me, people who have had a lot of experience in colonizing a new land, people who would know how to push the frontiers and settle in hard landscapes. I there for suggest that we learn from the lessons of the past and make sure the first lot are sent are convicts and preist that seemed to work 300 years ago in the americas then closely followed by the Irish and the Italians, if for nothing else these people know how to enjoy themselves. so thinking about it I'll think I'll settle for the 2nd wave once the pizza parlous and Irish pubs have been set up.
I think I'd go even if it meant dying there. With the argument that we have too much trouble here on Earth we achieve nothing. It's not either/or and I think with that mindset we wouldn't have lots of things that were discovered to have effects and benefits in areas and situations in which they were not originally considered for.
SpookyFox, good points. The "unreasonableness" in doing something seemingly impossible is what built civilization and was responsible for many breakthroughs, like Yager's faster than sound flight, or Edison's incandescent light.
Still, I'd like to have a little more going for me than the ultra slim margins that would exist with our current technological base. With frontier America, they at least had the ability to go for a stroll in the moonlight without fear of, * running out of oxygen * breaking your helmet from a simple fall * getting hit by a small meteor * freezing to death in the frigid Martian night * getting lost in a month-long dust storm
And rescue? Months away, if it's within the budget! Politicians could really burst that bubble in a hurry.
Great risk is one thing, but "great risk" cubed is a completely different dimension of risk.
I've dreamed of going to Mars since the late '50's. I'd still jump at the chance (if my wife would go with me). But colonize is several magnitudes more risk than I'm willing to take, unless I see a pretty convincing plan to make such a colony extensible.
Almost no atmosphere, almost no water, no magnetic field, nearly dead tectonics, pervasive dust, agonizing cold, and no way to improve most of these conditions on an ever-growing scale. Unless... you have a technology that runs circles around our Newtonian reliance on action-reaction rockets. Warp drive anyone?
Well that's why it would require multiple Manned Missions to Mars first so they can set up artificial habitats until it becomes possible to live underground (which is where it is thought life can be and maybe even already is sustained)
In response to Spookyfox's comment, I feel that is a pessimistic outlook about the planet Earth. There are a lot of beautiful things here and we have water and air to sustain life. I highly doubt that Mars would truly be as beneficial for me to live there.
Absolutely. We have so much to learn and discover about this amazing galaxy we live in, it would be an honor to be chosen for such a journey. I know my daughter would go too, but my husband well that would take some convincing!