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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: Before we send people to mars we need to have some basic experience first transforming a planet. Human beings have done a pretty good job messing up the place we got here and there's no do-overs if we hit a turning point here on earth.

    I think we need to focus on medicine, reprogenetics and increasing human lifespan/intelligence so more accumulated wisdom is possible within any given population.

    Our real problem on earth is genetic instability, lack of intelligence and short lifetime (roughly 30,000 days). 30K days doesn't sound like a lot does it? That is how short our lives really are and it gives perspective to how much any one single human being can learn and accomplish over such a short duration of time.

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