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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 10 2013: Im pretty lazy, so forgive me if my points have been made in previous posts because I only read a few.

    I believe that if humanity has to abandon Earth to survive, we have no hope but repeating that disaster on Mars. After that, where do we run?

    However, if current trends continue on Earth, we have maybe 50-100 years left before we start running low on a lot of resources. This leads to Wars, Fallout, and possibly the movie "Red Dawn" mixed with nuclear radiation. For those of you who don't like cheesy 80's films, it basically means apocalypse.

    The best way to utilize Mars would to send over a small group of people in the upcoming decades to "prepare the planet". I honestly don't know what they would do to make the planet livable, but whatever that is, they would do it. This project would be funded by all the world's countries and Mars would become a planet independent of Earth. Cram as many people as possible onto Mars, give them all the tools to survive then let them loose.

    Of course this could lead to a scenario of the movie "True Lies" (The remake portrays it better) where Mars becomes the Slums filled with next-to unlivable conditions. While everybody on Earth is reveling in surplus.

    This is starting to sound like a book I should write....

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