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Old 12th October 2015, 4:41 AM   #1
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Default "Life on Mars: NASA unveils plans for human colonies by 2030s"

There are some noteable skeptics around here that say we will ever get off this planet, but I'm a belieber......I think we will, perhaps not in our lifetimes, but I think we will eventually.

"Life on Mars: NASA unveils plans for human colonies by 2030s"

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci...10-gk5w3k.html

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London: Humans will be living and working on Mars in colonies independent of Earth by the 2030s, claims NASA.

The US space organisation yesterday has released its plan for establishing permanent settlements on the Red Planet, setting out in detail how it aims to create "deep-space habitation facilities" to act as stepping stones to Mars.

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Old 13th October 2015, 11:14 PM   #2
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Before anyone goes to Mars, a nation needs to commit to it. I don't believe the US is committed to going to Mars.
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A few things come to my mind about this:

1. We haven't even been to the moon for ages now.

2. Sounds cool!

3. What's the point?

4. There are perhaps better things to spend the squillions on at the moment.
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Old 16th October 2015, 4:58 PM   #4
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"Life on Mars: NASA unveils plans for human colonies by 2030s"
I agree that it will likely happen. But that article was overly ambitious. I cant see what they are describing being in place for at least 50 years.
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Old 16th October 2015, 5:12 PM   #5
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A few things come to my mind about this:

1. We haven't even been to the moon for ages now.

2. Sounds cool!

3. What's the point?

4. There are perhaps better things to spend the squillions on at the moment.
If indeed we ever did go to the moon.

I agree with point 4 however. Much more to deal with here for now.
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Should have happened sooner.
Good to hear though.
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Old 16th October 2015, 5:33 PM   #7
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I agree that it will likely happen. But that article was overly ambitious. I cant see what they are describing being in place for at least 50 years.
I don't think it will happen, because I don't think there is any need for it. The cost for even reaching Mars by a manned mission, not to mention maintaining a settlement there would be gigantic. What for?

Furthermore, 2030 is in 14 years. The preparations for such an ambitious mission should be underway now. Are they?

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Eventually there will be a need for us to move on. Our time on this planet is limited.
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Furthermore, 2030 is in 14 years. The preparations for such an ambitious mission should be underway now. Are they?
Preparations have been underway for awhile now.

Recently they have been building structures to test newly developed rockets they will be using for the mission. i'm pretty sure last week NASA released a document describing the process of getting to Mars in the coming years.
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Preparations have been underway for awhile now.

Recently they have been building structures to test newly developed rockets they will be using for the mission. i'm pretty sure last week NASA released a document describing the process of getting to Mars in the coming years.
But it's not only going to Mars and have the means to return, it's also about maintaining a habit there.

It took the US roughly 10 years to prepare the mission to moon. Going/returning to/from Mars + maintaining a colony there in 2030 is certainly more ambitious. And where is the funding?
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The article is pure popcorn. Theres no funding for a manned mission within 14 years let alone a habitat and deep space support stations. Maybe it was a misprint and should have been '2130'?
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Eventually there will be a need for us to move on. Our time on this planet is limited.
Agree with this - future proofing time.
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If indeed we ever did go to the moon.

I agree with point 4 however. Much more to deal with here for now.
I dont agree, the world needs something to unite nations, something productive thats stands to push technology forward and exploration.

There is too much hatred and sadness in this world.
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I dont agree, the world needs something to unite nations, something productive thats stands to push technology forward and exploration.

There is too much hatred and sadness in this world.
So so spot on
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I know, right? We can't even share the Stargate amicably, 'sif playing happy families to get to Mars
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