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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 12 2013: Colonizing Mars will help solve the 'problems at home,' the vast majority of which are traceable to or aggravated by our exploding population of humans. Barring a massive and sustained reduction, not only in the rate of increase but in actual numbers of people, the planet is doomed. Therefore, as many as can and want to be shipped to Mars -- or the sun, for that matter -- wish them good fortune and a speedy journey. One way. A win-win solution, though resident Martians may have a different perspective. ;-)

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