TED Conversations

Mandy Fisher

This conversation is closed.

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?


Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Aug 10 2013: Mandy: I sincerely think that both of them are possible. The power of many people, nations, groups, working for discovering new ways, new worlds, new horizons, I'm completely sure will bring us good news for improving life here in our dear Earth. It's possible the solutions (here and there) will delay more than choosin another options, but we can't be sure if it'll be so. And it's always possible to find useful surprises. Anna's comment explains better than I (my √Čnglish is not so good) what I want to say.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.