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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: I think that going to Mars can actually ease or help a lot of problems...

    We'll need to terraform Mars, and can learn a lot from that in order to help fix our climate problems or even get hold of our whole ecosystem in better ways.
    A whole lot of new technologies found their development in space flight, and with Mars Missions, that would probably be the same.

    I don't see a problem in doing both: there are so many things that need fixing, but that can all go in parallel...
    It's not that we drop our research in Malaria or funding of art because we first need to get rid of dictators or slavery...
    • Aug 8 2013: I don't see us terraforming Mars because of the lack of magnetosphere to protect the atmosphere produced. If you have thoughts on that, would love to hear them because I am far from an expert.

      I agree with you in regards to new technologies developed. An endeavor like this will spark discovery all over the scientific community and that will benefit all.

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