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Would You Take The Risk Of Going To Mars?  
User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1020 times:

So would you go to Mars if you had the chance? Big difference is no human has ever stepped foot on the planet, so you would be one or the very first to do so! It would be 18 months travel time just to get there, and the risk well... you might never come back to the Earth...

As much as I would, I don't think I could take the risk.


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User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12515 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1014 times:

I'll just wait until Emirates flies there - can't be long! (You'll certainly need their IFE for the trip!)

Seriously, though, I think it would be a marvellous chance. And from a scientific point of view, I think it would yield some very important information. True, there would be huge risks and yes, not getting home would be a tad annoying, but the value of the information would make it a very compelling proposition.

And think of the airmiles!


User currently offlinenighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5162 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1012 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 1):
And think of the airmiles!

As long as it is not Diamond Club... they'll be worthless by the time you get back!   



That'll teach you
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10905 posts, RR: 37
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 994 times:

I doubt I will ever be given the chance but I can definitely see a spacecraft full of politicians and banksters being shipped to Mars never to return to Earth. I have got a whole list of htem.

 



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 991 times:

If there was a nuclear propulsion system so that a long, slow co-elliptic transfer could be avoided, then yes. Otherwise, the psychological problems could be really serious. Also: sex. Seriously.

Problems also on the surface, wind causing big dust storms, electrically-charged dust devils, dust everywhere, that could be a health hazard back in the spacecraft (lander), radiation bath -- although the Apollo guys faced that on the Moon as well. Mars is still going to be (at least I hope it will be) a big challenge.



Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6341 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 982 times:

At this point in my life...no. I'm settling down, going to get married, hope to start a family. I would certainly go to Mars, but I certainly would not be the first...

If I was single, no ties, no big desire to settle down...sure, why not? As long as the pay was good...you might not make it back to spend that money, but I think that risk alone deserves a darn good chunk of change!


User currently offlinedxing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 971 times:

Quoting LGWflyer (Thread starter):
It would be 18 months travel time just to get there, and the risk well... you might never come back to the Earth...

Sounds no different than trying to non rev to Hawaii!

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 4):
Also: sex. Seriously.

   Where there is a will.......

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 4):
Problems also on the surface,

Dig baby dig....first thing you send up are robot diggers.

Quoting sw733 (Reply 5):
As long as the pay was good...you might not make it back to spend that money, but I think that risk alone deserves a darn good chunk of change!

You'd probably never have to pay for another drink or meal.

Considering my children are all but raised and on their own...I'd go. One of my favorite scifi trilogies was were the red, blue, and green Mars books. Some of what was discussed is doable with todays technology.


User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7931 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 913 times:

I'd love to go... but 18 months I think is too long this time  

On the flip side, it's 18 months or so now but maybe in the future it'll be way shorter...   



Ironically I have never flown a Delta MD-90 :)
User currently offlinefrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3790 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 892 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 4):
If there was a nuclear propulsion system so that a long, slow co-elliptic transfer could be avoided,

1g acceleration the whole way, with a nice big flatscreen, a good sound system and a decent library, that could do!
Internet would get pretty slow after a while though. not sure I can live with that...



Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...
User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 863 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 1):
I'll just wait until Emirates flies there - can't be long! (You'll certainly need their IFE for the trip!)

Lol haha!

Quoting kaitak (Reply 1):
Seriously, though, I think it would be a marvellous chance. And from a scientific point of view, I think it would yield some very important information. True, there would be huge risks and yes, not getting home would be a tad annoying, but the value of the information would make it a very compelling proposition.

Yes it would have some pretty big information found out.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 3):
I doubt I will ever be given the chance but I can definitely see a spacecraft full of politicians and banksters being shipped to Mars never to return to Earth. I have got a whole list of htem.

Haha why send them to a planet that can be lived on by normal human beings? Why not send them to Venus instead...

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 4):
Problems also on the surface, wind causing big dust storms, electrically-charged dust devils, dust everywhere, that could be a health hazard back in the spacecraft (lander), radiation bath -- although the Apollo guys faced that on the Moon as well. Mars is still going to be (at least I hope it will be) a big challenge.

Solar Wind would be one of the biggest problems...

Quoting dxing (Reply 6):

Sounds no different than trying to non rev to Hawaii!

Haha.

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 7):
I'd love to go... but 18 months I think is too long this time

On the flip side, it's 18 months or so now but maybe in the future it'll be way shorter...

Yeah and in total you proberly would be gone for 5 or more years with 3 being travelling! And well last time I heard they where looing for people who most likely wouldn't return.

Yes hopefully they can get it to 12 months at least...



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User currently offline2707200X From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 8613 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 854 times:

Perhaps of the spaceship had an artificial toroid to generate gravity and keep the bones and immune system strong.


"And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by." John Masefield Sea-Fever
User currently offlinesoon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 844 times:

If Obama wins the next election i'm going to build an Ark. Destination...MARS!...

User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6722 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 830 times:

I wouldn't hesitate for a second. I even considered participating in the Mars 500 experiment that just ended, but I didn't fit the profile. 18 months is the whole trip, 6 month to go, 6 months there, 6 months back.

Quoting dxing (Reply 6):
red, blue, and green Mars books

Hard science fiction at its finest ! Kim Stanley Robinson is the author for those wondering.

This book trilogy made me realize that I would be ready to do what the characters do in it, go to Mars on a one way trip, not to die after a while but to live there. I'd like to make a couple round the world trips before, however.



New Technology is the name we give to stuff that doesn't work yet. Douglas Adams
User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 13, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 818 times:

Quoting Aesma (Reply 12):
I wouldn't hesitate for a second.

Put me down for another seat on the ship !!!!

I'm within spitting distance of 60, have been shot at several times in the US Navy, only once successfully thankfully, I've had car wrecks, serious illnesses - and I would not have missed any of it. (Well maybe getting shot.)

I have the most perfect and wonderful things in life - a loving family of brothers and sisters, my father is still alive, two wonderful children, two good step-children, 10 great grandchildren/ step-grandchildren - and the best wife ever.

But refusing to take a risk is not a way to live. Something my family understands.


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