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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:02 am 

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Does anyone have any thoughts or comments about the feasibility of the Mars One venture?

I can understand that some sort of dreadful reality TV 'Big Brother In Space', following the trials and tribulations of would-be astronauts in training, might appeal to the viewing masses. But could an actual private venture mission to Mars ever become a reality?

History shows us that exploration has always been driven by political and/or economic ambitions and is government instigated and led. Then private enterprise can follow where suitable opportunities arise.

Branson and Rutan's SpaceShipTwo will be capable of giving weightless joy-rides in a near-space environment but will not even achieve orbit. Getting into orbit is a much greater challenge, let alone going beyond orbit to the Moon or even Mars.

Mars One seems to be taking itself seriously but can it ever really get a crew of would-be astronauts to Mars, who are then willing to maroon themselves there for good? Can't see it happening folks.

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Geoff :)

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:33 am 

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Is the game worth the candle in terms of the sheer amount of labour and resources needed to get to Mars?
Surely, there are far more interesting and urgent projects to consider. For example, providing a shield against earth-threatening asteroids and meteorites, and launching more space telescopes sophisticated enough to image exoplanets in detail, etc.
One way ego-trippers to Mars could possibly go mad after a long period of separation from Earth.


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