Discuss: NASA Looking for Mars Astronauts

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November 5, 2015 at 06:24:31
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that NASA is recruiting new astronauts willing to take the trip to Mars. Discuss here if you think humans will reach Mars in your lifetime, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks,
Justin


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#1
November 5, 2015 at 09:07:37
I have lived long enough to be skeptical about predictions regarding the future. I remember back to 1969 at the time of the first manned landing on the Moon. There was speculation that if NASA had the funding, and the priorities, and if all went well, there could be a man on Mars as early as 1983. That seemed far into the future at the time. As it turned out NASA did not have the funding, priorities were for other things, and there were problems.

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#2
November 5, 2015 at 17:58:47
"....if you think humans will reach Mars in your lifetime"
That depends which end of the age spectrum you are, so in my case there's not much chance.

In the next 30 years maybe but as given above it all depends on funding. Of-course I might live to 110 if the pigs start flying.....

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
November 5, 2015 at 20:11:44
Here we go again. Not long ago NASA announced they were developing food menus for the long trip. Now they're looking for astronaut recruits. What are they going to do--recruit in grade schools? After all, these trips are vaguely planned for the 2030's.

I've got a better idea. First invent the new technology that going to get humans there and after that worry about incidentals like menus and who gets to go..

NASA is like a kid who buys fuzzy dice to hang from the rear-view mirror on a car he can't afford for years


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#4
November 6, 2015 at 06:55:02
I fully agree with what above posted and want to point out that planning a "Mission To Mars " does not depend on funding only.

Today people are not interested in space exploration and is more concerned about environment care. Now a realistic and safe trip to Mars needs nuclear propulsion, by the way developed in 50s/60s and never put to fly (see ROVER/NERVA program phased out by Nixon in 1972), a thing people fear as facing Evil.

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#5
November 8, 2015 at 00:58:01
I disagree. I am interested in space exploration and I am interested in environment care. We must advance both. There is no instant fix for the environment now anymore than there is instantaneous travel to Mars and back. They both require a long and enduring effort to sustain and grow. Sure you are right if you want to talk priorities - the earth is our home, it sustains us. It is sure to sustains us even as we continue on expanding our reach to Mars and beyond. We must protect it. And that may very well involve leaving it at least a little less crowded.

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#6
November 8, 2015 at 03:23:30
Well, ISAmad, I too am interested in space exploration and ready to fight against pollution and human crowding. The key point however is people (some but very active people) think science and technology must be banned to save our sweet home Earth.

You can go to the Moon by chemical propulsion and reach Mars too, but putting at risk astronauts with a long permanence in outer space. Nuclear propulsion can cut down a trip to Mars to four months and more using the Orion engine proposed by Freeman Dyson in 1954 but never developed (Google to see why).

In my opinion there is no future in manned space exploration without nuclear engineering, a technology today hated and banned from public debate, almost forbidden.

To save Earth a big leap in science and technology is needed, not a return to caves.


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#7
November 8, 2015 at 04:09:46
> Would you be willing to volunteer to go to Mars?

Absolutely!

> Would you volunteer to go to Mars?

Possibly..

> Would you go to Mars?

Almost certainly not...

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#8
November 8, 2015 at 09:22:46
If it isn't funded somehow it won't happen, whether it's a great idea or not.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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