Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mars or bust




A new book ships tomorrow...and it carries a hefty price tag with it.   I think I saw it listed on Amazon at about $100 (not sure about the e-version), steep for most anybody in this economy.  So why am I talking about it?

Because it is called The Human Mission to Mars.  It weighs in at 500 pages, a veritable tome by today's standards.  The various chapters within the book were written by numerous authorities in the field of cosmology, among them being exobiology expert, Dr. Paul Davies, and former NASA astronaut, Edgar Mitchell.  Here is a polite smattering of the subjects covered within the book:

-To Boldly Go: Getting to Mars and Design Reference Architecture
-The Scientific Investigation of Mars: Humans, Geology, Geophysics, Atmosphere, Climate, Biology
-Mars Base and Colonization of the Red Planet
-Sex on Mars. Radiation, Brain, Heart, Sexuality, Fertility, Pregnancy, Fetal Development
-Robots on Mars
-Terraforming Mars
"The reactor makes air but the bastard won't turn it on!"
Sorry.  That last chapter title brought it out in me.  

A lot of people, myself included, talk quite a bit about colonizing Mars and other planets as a means of preserving the human species.  But very few offer up any kind of plan as to how do so or how to circumvent the myriad problems such an undertaking is bound to encounter.  That's where this book differs, at least on the surface.  It puts forth a step-by-step plan for the colonization of Mars.  At the same time, it speculates on the physical and psychological rigors that colonists would face on the Martian surface.  It even has a chapter devoted to the chance of finding microbial life there.
I have yet to read the book so I cannot offer commentary on its quality.  I do, however, like the pedigree of the authors and I am quite encouraged that the subject is being seriously considered in at least a few circles.  Earlier in the year, Mary Roach wrote and published Packing for Mars, a book that examines, in a humorous manner it is said, the more commonplace aspects of space travel.  Meaning, how is food prepared on said voyages, what does a spacecraft smell like after a two-week mission, and just what is etiquette for talking to someone while in zero g?  May sound trivial, but I believe that it is these sorts of things that are going to make space travel seem more accessible to people and less like something left only to obsessed science fiction nerds...like me.

If we are to survive, we (or at least a few of us) must pull up stakes and move.  It will not only preserve humankind, but it might just alleviate many of our problems down here, issues such as global poverty and dwindling resources.
Obviously we're a long way from making that into a reality.  In the meantime, I'll just be glad someone is considering it, rather than devoting their time to reality TV.  



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6 comments:

  1. Next up, it's The Real World: Mars.

    Sorry. You kind of left yourself open to that one. But the book sounds quite interesting, if a bit pricey. The idea of terraforming Mars for us to live in sounds like it might actually happen in my lifetime. I also heard they might start with people past childbearing age because the radiation would hinder reproduction. Who knows? Maybe when I'm sixty, I'll be one of the colonists.

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  2. It is a very exciting possibility.
    To travel in space, to colonize a new world, and risk-free sex due to radiation.

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  3. On Facebook, Graymalkin said:

    "I can't believe you didn't mention Arnold and Total Recall for realisms sake!!!"

    Careful reading will reveal that I did actually quote the movie. :)

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  4. Jon said..."It is a very exciting possibility.
    To travel in space, to colonize a new world, and risk-free sex due to radiation."

    Yes radiation is great birth control...we see how well is works on EARTH...it posions everything.

    Think about it...why the hell are we going to MARS. We can't run the Earth properly as it is & we are going to do better on Mars? I think not. This whole thing is just bullshit, to distract us from reality. We have no need to EXPLORE SPACE...it's a waste of time & resources with no long term benefit other than having the ability to say we did it!!! WTF? Gee, let's spend billions of $ on a project that is dozens of years in the making with BILLIONS of people dying on the planet now. LOL, let's travel for years, (may not even get there)...to do what camp for years to try & build a colony? Sorry...sound dumb to me.

    Mars exploration is almost as stupid as looking for water on the MOON. Let's solve HUMAN problem here first, we sure have enough of them. Then may be we can move on once we know what the hell we are doing. Space is not where our experience lies nor does our future.

    Nuff Said! :)

    DS888

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  5. Darkstar said...
    "Now you know that we can have all kinds of U.F.O.'s but that doesn't mean ALIENS exist. They are just conjured up sitings which is not proof of anykind. There are NO Aliens...just us...yes even in this vast 3D Universe which is a mere illusion, like the Matrix."

    November 18, 2010 7:26 AM
    Jon Nichols said...
    "I'm with you on one thing, we need to get away from the mentality that UFO=aliens. In several cases, the truth could be far weirder than that, perhaps even the one that you suggested."

    LOL. I don't think I can say anything weirder than stating we actually live a MATRIX. We, as Humanity & the UNIVERSE are totally non-existant!

    Now what if that is ABSOLUTE TRUTH? Now where do you go. Nowhere, because we are already perfect pure beings living in Paradise (not earth). We have been influenced (hypnotised) by our creator, the thinkers...our thoughts are their thoughts not ours...as in Star Trek & a Vulcan mind-meld... "your thoughts to my thoughts are as one"!

    What to do about the illuminati cabal – the luciferian mind – and its agenda of manipulation?

    The answer will become self-evident. The illuminati is mindful of its final moments to realize its goal. That goal is total control of our eternal wisdom state through a new world order, a new age of reason, designed to manifest itself through the 3 dimensional experience we call life. The new world order has long been established, but a subliminal hex must be cast over humanity, convincing us once and for all the 3D scenario is legit, that the 3 dimensional life experience is actually REAL. This luciferian mindset is convinced of success.

    However, it has failed. We now know what the scenario really consists of, how it was perpetuated using the illusory manifestation known as humanity, and most importantly, how to end the illusion.

    The luciferian egregore group of thinkers manipulate the illuminati pyramid through a process of hypnotic mind control, know as kabbalism. This pyramid is in a DEEP TRANCE STATE and is composed of the elite royal bloodlines that control world affairs.

    Institutions such as the Vatican, the Monarchy, the United Nations, NATO, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the Club of Rome, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the International Monetary Fund, the Red Cross, the Red Crescent, the US Federal Reserve, United Way, Habitat for Humanity, World Wildlife Federation, Greenpeace, the Salvation Army (Red Shield-Rothschild), The Watchtower Society – Jehovah’s Witnesses, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, The Roman Catholic Church, Protestant and Evangelical Christian Organizations, the World Zionist Movement, the media, the movie industry, the recording industry, the Corporation of the United States of America … you name it, they own it and manipulate it in one way or another. Their agenda is saturated with deceit and corruption. The world is deceived by their manipulation, thereby generating fear and hypnosis, in much the same manner as they, themselves, have been manipulated into being pawns for the luciferian MINDSET. The luciferian/illuminati mindset feeds insatiably on this fear. However, all the organizations and world systems are only the tip of the iceberg, and are a decoy to throw everyone off the trail of what is really happening, and what will happen over the next few years, and most importantly, who and what is at the top of the pyramid and beyond. This site will explain and show in great detail, the luciferian god that conjured up the whole illusory experience known as the 3 dimensional world.

    Nuff Said!

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  6. In regards to space exploration, I do agree with you one thing. So-called human problems do need solving. And boy, do we have a lot of them. The starving, those living in true poverty, those suffering persecution for who they are, and let us not forget the destruction of our own environment and the slaughter of other living things to serve our selfish needs.

    Here is the reason I am such a strong proponent of space colonization and it would all be negated if we do indeed live in a Matrix as you say.
    Contrary to what we think, humans are not indestructible. Something will take us out eventually. An asteroid, a new virus, or death by our own hands via environmental destruction or nuclear war. When a duck finds its pond polluted, it flies off and finds a new one. Humans must do the same if the species is to survive. The solution to many human problems may lie out there, not just down here.

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