Why don’t you live on Mars?

Oh I don’t know. It’s a lot further than I usually go to visit exotic places. There’s no breathable air. There’s no suitable soil to grow anything. I’m an outdoor kind of person, but you just can’t go out on Mars without a spacesuit. There’s dangerous solar radiation bombarding the place. NASA has established that... Continue Reading →

NASA says Terraforming Mars Not Possible

This article was originally posted on Business Insider. A NASA-sponsored study found there's not enough carbon dioxide on Mars to deliberately modify the planet's atmosphere (known as terraforming). This means terraforming isn't a viable option to make the planet habitable for humans. Terraforming the planet was the entire basis for Elon Musk's plans to colonize... Continue Reading →

Half a Percent of the Speed of Light

It would be really fast. Put your science fiction behind you. If we could use nuclear power to achieve a half of a percent of the speed of light it would be fantastic. We could reach the nearest star in 800 years! We could reach the Trappist-1 system in a mere 8000 years! Wake up... Continue Reading →

Did we “accidentally” bring new bacteria to the moon or Mars via our space exploration programs?

Probably, and that’s why terraforming is a bad idea. Inside the scientifically minded community, there are two distinct ideas. Don’t contaminate. Leave whatever planet it happens to be in the original prestine condition so we can study it. (This is the predominant, tree hugging concept.) Screw number 1. Terraform the planet. Make it livable for humans,... Continue Reading →

Why would anyone want to live on Mars?

Although, scientifically, we could do as much or more with our rovers, robots and probes than manned space travel, and we can and do it cheaper and safer than manned space travel with our probes and rovers, people will still go to Mars. Why? Well, I suppose it’s the same reason people went to North... Continue Reading →

Why do you want to go to Mars?

I don’t want to move to Mars. It’s a very dangerous environment, you’d be indoors all the time or else wearing a spacesuit for short adventures outdoors. I don’t even think it’s advantageous for humans to go to Mars at all when we could just as well, and for much less expense, send our probes... Continue Reading →

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