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Plans to colonize other planets have stalled; maybe we should just go for it. (Read the complete story)

"In Heinleins story Universe, people are on a generation ship that is on its way to a distant star and are not even aware that they are on a ship."
( 10/21/2010 3:08:44 PM)
"Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy starts with a one-way trip; just a bit larger. "
(Peter Jacobs 10/21/2010 3:47:08 PM)
"NASA engineer Jim McLane also suggested this idea in 2008; he got the idea while talking to a Russian cosmonaut ("
(np 10/21/2010 6:31:05 PM)
"So, where do I sign?"
( 10/22/2010 8:54:42 AM)
"Wow, I can see some problems here. First, rather than sending all-male crews, a mixed-sex contingent would be necessary for the sustainability of the colony (duh). I for instance would be happy to go if I could bring my wife. However, such a small number is dangerous. Yes, there are everyday hazards, but such a small number of people would inevitably lead to cabin fever. I remember hearing that the minimum number required to prevent that was 32, but that was probably a made up number. But 4 is unquestionably too few. Plus, resupplies would have to be pretty damned frequent- if something went wrong in the landing of one supply ship, the colonists would not be able to wait an additional year for supplies. I still think that a base on the moon would be wisest to begin with- in energy costs alone, it is infinitely smarter to go from earth to the moon, then from the moon to wherever you want to go. But can you really picture anyone on the globe commiting themselves to sending off that kind of material, unquestionably, without reservation, on schedule, for the length of time that this would require? I have my doubts. Still, I would sign up in a heartbeat, no question about it."
(broklynite 10/22/2010 5:04:39 PM)
"If I could send myself there, I would. Let's go governments! Send me to mars!"
(Chris 10/24/2010 11:00:38 AM)
"it is posible to go to mars on a one way trip at this time and it has been looked at as a way to build a permanant base there a ship can now be built that can go to mars safly wareas not long ago you would like as not get a large dose of radiation from the sun that would have killed you,solar storms any one?. "
(Christopher Thomas 10/24/2010 6:26:14 PM)
"You could just send a bunch of convicts. It would be like Marstralia!"
(Zac 10/27/2010 1:08:13 PM)
"Not to mention the inter-personal dynamics of a boy-girl boy-girl mission. Think of Biosphere..."
(duG 11/4/2010 1:26:09 PM)

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