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The colonization of Mars vs. solving the problems at home

I am a space advocate and sci fi junkie. I look at the night sky like a teenage boy peeks at Playboy. The curiosity and wonder within me burns as red as that elusive rocky world next door.... And now, in this glorious age of technology, the dreams of Kim Stanley Robinson and geeks world round is finally becomming a reality. The colonization of Mars is just around the corner, and although many are thrilled, some are hesitant and even sour about the prospect. An argument aganist a human-occupied Mars is based on the belief that Earth has far too many problems, that are far more urgent and necessary to address, then the satisfication of curious scientists and hopeful investors. So, what do you think? Shall humanity step beyond our watery world and onto a rusty alien desert, or should we focus our efforts on Earth and find solutions to our dire issues before considering such a endeavor?

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    Aug 2 2013: The colonization of Mars is a long way off if possible at all. Some have already stated the reasons. But there are other reasons to consider;

    Attempting to colonize Mars is going to require technology development that will undoubtedly benefit all that remain here. There are many benefits inherited from the Apollo project.

    There will come a time in the distant future that people may no longer be able to live on this planet. Development of alternative options shouldn't wait till then.

    Money put into research into Mars exploration will go into creating jobs here and now. People think that money spent on space goes into space. That is simply not true. Money put into space exploration produces jobs. The income goes to buying houses, autos, food, clothes, etc. The only thing that goes into space are the recourses used to create the systems and subsystems used in space. The money recirculates here on earth. Not a dime goes into space.

    I have my own theory. The end of the Mayan calendar was not what the media played it out to be. It is a point of transition in the evolutionary process. Life came from the stars. All the atoms that make us up came from stars. Science fiction is predicting that we will one day return. The end of the Mayan calendar is the beginning of our journey back. I have information that would corroborate that theory.
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      Aug 4 2013: The actual hardware that goes into space has a definite monetary value Roy that is not reflected in the earth bound cash on hand accounts. I'm sure some of it is worth much more than a dime. It's an interesting speculate you present. Are the space situated assets considered a write off? Is money recuperated in the value of the information gain from space endeavours?
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        Aug 4 2013: I have to confer with your claim that space hardware has a monetary value. We create a bus and people get to use it in transportation. We create a space station and it only benefits those who get to use it. The tradeoff is in what is learned. Can that knowledge be used to benefit life on earth?
        We sent the voyager spacecraft on a journey to the planets. Not only did it create jobs to manufacture the spacecraft, it is still supplying jobs to those who are trained to interpret the data that was sent back. Although we no longer hear about the voyager, many people are still employed analyzing the data. It is helping us to gain new information. We are also still engaged in producing better processors to make better use of the data, so it is a cascading effect. I think we can't lose sight of the big picture. The only ones not benefitting are those who want money but don't want to get involved in what it takes to earn the money. Those are the only ones I hear complaining.
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          Aug 4 2013: The knowledge gain from the space station includes knowledge that both, confirms knowledge we currently have in our possession -but could only be surmised from calculations and experiments with a high degree of error- and knowledge that could not be discerned on the earth with the effects of gravity, etc.

          We still received radio signals, which include data, from the Voyager space craft.

          I fail to listen to those whose complaints are redundant and out of date. That leaves people who are knowledgeable of current scientific trends and projects.

          As far as space travel for individuals, that task is being taken over by private enterprise. I suspect we wlll see people taking a hike into close orbit, around the earth, within the next 3 to 5 years.

          The will of mankind will continue to advance until/if we create such advanced technology that we destroy ourselves with it. The idea of space travel and exploration is not a "what if". It is a matter who will pay, where is the profit, and what will the design of the technology look like.

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