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    Originally posted by mars-one.com

    Mars One will establish the first human settlement on Mars in 2023. A habitable settlement will be waiting for the settlers when they land. The settlement will support them while they live and work on Mars the rest of their lives. Every two years after 2023 an additional crew will arrive, such that there is a real living, growing community on Mars. Mars One has created a technical plan for this mission that is as simple as possible. For every component of the mission we have identified at least one potential supplier. Mars One invites you to join us in this next giant leap for mankind!



As their intro video explains, one of the things they're planning is for the crew to stay on Mars for the rest of their lives.

I gotta admit (maybe oddly enough) my first thoughts were regarding the psychological implications of this mission on a person when it dawns on them that they're going to be living on Mars for the rest of their lives.




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If this does happen which is a giant IF and I am done raising the kid which is going to be 25 years off, I'd do it. Shit, if I didn't have the kid, I would consider it. I mean Fuck Earth.

The real problem besides the psychological ones which I think some people are content to die wherever they are. The other fascinating thing about a Mars Colony is what government do they answer too? The United Nations? What country gets their first or some corporation? Babylon 5 and other sci-fi stories have talked about the problems of a Mars Colony or any outer space colony for Earth. The further away you are from the home government, the less people want to deal with it. One of the reasons, I think we won't have colonies for the foreseeable future or ever is no country wants to take the risk of spending a ton of money to get there only a few decades later have their people vote to be independent.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.94
    Originally posted by lotjx
    I mean Fuck Earth.


I agree with this.

I want to be able to go into space in my lifetime. I want to look at this rock we live on from space before I kick the bucket.

Fuck, sign me up now.



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I have had just about enough of your Earth bashing!

I Earth!



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Maybe they can call the colony "Terra Nova".

    Originally posted by the Mars One website
    Every group will have the qualifications and skills necessary to be eligible for the trip to Mars, so practically it shouldn't matter who goes first. The symbolic and historic significance is a different matter altogether, of course. Who will be the first four on Mars? Who will get to be the first human in history to set foot on the Red Planet and be known for it forever? A man? A woman?


I think a bit of the glamour goes away when you realize (if I read this correctly) that they only plan to send 4 people every two years. But if anyone actually goes through with the plan, they'll make Columbus' expedition look like a walk across the park.


    Because our mission is mankind's mission, we have put these decisions in your hands. The group to set off first will be determined entirely by you.


It's gonna be led by Ron Paul, isn't it.



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I'm game. Sign me up, too. I'll even bring Tim Hortons' coffee for the crew.



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Personally, I am for this - assuming Lotjx follows through.





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    Originally posted by AWArulz
    Personally, I am for this - assuming Lotjx follows through.




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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.73
    Originally posted by lotjx
    I mean Fuck Earth.


What a great quote. Put that on your tombstone.

Inasmuch as Mars is concerned, I gotta say, I don't get it. Isn't it pretty well established that Mars has no water & cannot sustain vegetation or any form of life (as we understand it)? What would the point of going be? It would be like Biodome, except even shittier.



(edited by Hogan's My Dad on 8.6.12 0039)


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    Originally posted by Hogan's My Dad
    Inasmuch as Mars is concerned, I gotta say, I don't get it. Isn't it pretty well established that Mars has no water & cannot sustain vegetation or any form of life (as we understand it)? What would the point of going be?
Well, there's no Will Ferrell or Adam Sandler there. Both of these would be significant pluses for me.

OTOH, it would be boring as all heck and you'd probably want to kill at least one of you fellow inmates within a week of arriving. Within an hour if lotjx is one of them.

Also, this will not happen. There will be no human settlement on Mars in 2023. Or in 2024. Or in 2025. You heard it here first.
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.24
    Originally posted by Hogan's My Dad
      Originally posted by lotjx
      I mean Fuck Earth.


    What a great quote. Put that on your tombstone.

    Inasmuch as Mars is concerned, I gotta say, I don't get it. Isn't it pretty well established that Mars has no water & cannot sustain vegetation or any form of life (as we understand it)? What would the point of going be? It would be like Biodome, except even shittier.



    (edited by Hogan's My Dad on 8.6.12 0039)


If this was the 1600s or earlier depending on the region, you could make the same argument for Anatartica or the Middle East. There is really nothing there, but yet it is fascinating. Exploration is always going to be a fine line between complete balls and insanity. Its will always be messy as hell. Yet, as we have seen with the founding of America, the Middle East and other places that people thought other people going to was tantamount to death, it has been worth it. While Mars is not the ideal place to start, it is close and to honest, I highly doubt we are going to have the engines anywhere in the near future to go to the Goldilocks planets. So, we slum on Mars and then one day move on up to one of those giant Earths where our offspring will be Super human.

I will get that on my Tombstone in 2030 on Mars' highest point after being brutally murdered by bunkmate or wife for dragging her to Mars.



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.12
Oh no, no culture or history at all in the Middle East in the 1600s. Certainly none that became the foundation for modern mathematics, science, etc.



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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.24
    Originally posted by Mike Zeidler
    Oh no, no culture or history at all in the Middle East in the 1600s. Certainly none that became the foundation for modern mathematics, science, etc.


Like I said earlier than 1600s.



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.24
    Originally posted by lotjx
    I mean Fuck Earth.
You should totally go, and may Marvin's illudium Q-36 explosive space modulator be with you. I'll stay here.

Fuck Mars.
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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.24
    Originally posted by jfkfc
      Originally posted by lotjx
      I mean Fuck Earth.
    You should totally go, and may Marvin's illudium Q-36 explosive space modulator be with you. I'll stay here.

    Fuck Mars.


Haters going to hate.



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.39
    Originally posted by lotjx
      Originally posted by jfkfc
        Originally posted by lotjx
        I mean Fuck Earth.
      You should totally go, and may Marvin's illudium Q-36 explosive space modulator be with you. I'll stay here.

      Fuck Mars.


    Haters going to hate.
Please don't provide reasons.



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