Buying Land on Mars: Advertisement and Musings on Possible Snags
One Acre of Land on Mars from buyplanetmars.com (49% Off)
• £10 for one acre of land on Mars (49% off)
Email Martian Land Package Includes:
• Mars Deed with Owner’s Name added
• Mars Map with location of land indicated
• NASA Report on Mars Exploration
• Space Exploration Infographic
• Journey to Mars Boarding Pass
• Cool Facts About Mars eBook
• Mars Photo eBook
Since when did Mars come up For Sale?
Which estate agent went to visit? Were they contacted by aliens? Have they visited?
This poses so many questions I need to look into before I proceed. Well, I wouldn’t want to be sold a dead duck, would I? There’s always the possibility that this is a con. Mars might be full already.
If it's For Sale, someone must own it already
Would this be the little green men we often see walking along the street, paddling in the sea, picnicking in the park? Maybe it’s the conscientious objectors who decided to stay at home instead of invading Earth in The War of the Worlds. On the other hand, it could be underground red insects who rule Mars and need some company.
Is there a ‘Who’s Who’ of Martians? The landed gentry would need to sell off a bit to put towards the upkeep of their castles and country mansions. Should be able to find that on the internet; I’ll let you know.
I wouldn’t mind a plot near the sea. I love deep red sunsets over water.
Michael Condron's Sculpture
Who has taken it upon him/herself to sell this?
Can we ring up to ask any relevant questions, like ‘Is it well-kept?’, ‘Are the neighbours respectable?’ ‘Is it close to town?’ ‘Are you open to negotiation?’
The ad says it’s an email package. Wow! They have internet on Mars too? I bet it’s more advanced than ours. They should have gone way past giant killing machines by now. I presume they’ve finally answered one of those signals desperate scientists have been sending for decades. That’ll be why they think we need somewhere else to go, for inspiration and mental exercise.
There’s a NASA report. Who’s marked out the plots? Maybe it’s just one big plot. And we have a Boarding Pass, presumably to allow us to use it as a holiday home, after we’ve built on it of course. Do you have to apply for planning permission on Mars? To whom do you apply? The red insects aren’t likely to be sympathetic and the conscientious objectors would probably object, conscientiously.
There’s an eBook. Facts and Photos. Wow! I’m impressed. They must be on FaceBook then. I don’t know anyone who has a Martian as a friend yet but then they're not likely to let on, are they?
Bit greedy, don't you think?
It must have been over-priced if there is now 49% off. The land’s probably covered in rubble, needs a good overhaul or is next to some ugly high-rise building - or perhaps over a sink hole; that would be a bummer. There has to be something wrong with it, hasn’t there? Why else would it be reduced so much?
Personally, I think it’s rather greedy to ask for as much as £10. What are we getting? Is there a glossy leaflet with photographs showing us all the bumps and boundaries? Do we get to see the surroundings? Come to think of it, what’s the exchange rate with Mars? We should come off well I think but then their economy could be thriving.
Plot of Land?
All Mod Cons?
What about utilities? I couldn’t live without my electric hob and gas cooker. They say there is water so does that mean they’ve piped it all? Is it on tap?
What about the weather? I thought Mars was a little stormy. Not keen on the wind myself and lightning scares me to hell and back. Maybe I’m being a wuss; pull yourself together Ann, where’s your sense of adventure?
There has to be a solicitor who specialises in Martian Property. They’ll sell anything. With whom do we draw up a contract? Would we understand their language, their script, their philosophy? Do they even bother with paperwork? I could see them just shaking hands (or something!) whilst passing over a ceremonial thunderbolt.
As you stand there in the ashes the sound of distant laughter echoes in the fiery air.
Zeus and his Thunderbolt
What about Health Care?
Sorry, someone’s at the door. Looks like a man in a white coat, come to take me to the funny farm. Do they have those on Mars?
I did actually see this advert in a magazine, some time ago but left it in my list of ‘hubs to do’. I thought I’d try the website to see if you can still buy…. You can!! Try the site address above and you’ll find it! It’s gone up to £19.72. Why the 72p? I guess it’s a VAT thing. Will you buy?
In case you haven’t guessed, this ‘Package’ for an acre of land on Mars is a novelty present for those friends of yours who like that sort of thing.
It got me thinking though. Could this happen one day? When real estate fills up our wonderful world, will we have a need to fly off into the universe?
Who knows? Maybe the Martians do!
Facts About Mars
- is the fourth planet from the Sun.
- has two moons, Phobos and Deimos, both very small, being less than 30 km across, likely to have been asteroids that were captured by Mars.
- rotates in 24 hours and 37 minutes about an axis tilted by 24° to its orbital plane.
- although only 6794 km in diameter, is probably the most Earth-like of all the planets.
- is easily seen in the night sky as a red star-like object moving across the sky with a period of just over two years. It appears as a small reddish disc with dark markings sometimes discernible on its surface.
- has polar caps, one or other of which is visible at any one time; these polar caps grow in the Martian winters, with the addition of deposits of solid carbon dioxide, and decrease in the Martian summers to leave what is thought to be a small residue of ordinary water ice.
- has an atmosphere whose pressure is less than one hundredth of the Earth's, composed mainly of carbon dioxide with a little nitrogen and argon. There is almost no oxygen.
- has a small amount of water vapour which condenses in some places to give thin clouds and fog.
- has impact craters like the Moon, mountains, rift valleys, ridges, hills, plains and extinct volcanoes. There are signs that water existed on the surface at some earlier stage of the planet.
- has winds that can be very severe and are responsible for extensive weathering of the rocks on the surface. They can blow up enormous sandstorms that obscure the view of the planet's surface.
- has a surface temperature which can rise to around 0°C in the summer but fall to near -100°C before sunrise.
- could possibly have its atmosphere altered sufficiently in the future, to enable a permanent base to be set up there. For the present, though, Mars would present a very hostile environment for any human visitor!
Information on Zeus and the Thunderbolt
In Greek mythology, Cyclops gave Zeus a thunderbolt. Thence in Roman mythology, the thunderbolt is a weapon given to Jupiter by the Cyclops and is therefore one of the emblems of Jupiter, often depicted on Greek and Roman coins. Elsewhere it’s portrayed as an eagle holding in its claws a thunderbolt resembling a bundle of crossed sticks.
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