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pvilleguru
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re: 5 ways Mars can kill you.
Gonna live on potatoes until everyone dies? Because you'll never get off the planet.


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Cheese Grits
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re: 5 ways Mars can kill you.
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Mars is only about 38% of the surface gravity on Earth, so if you weigh 200 pounds on Earth, you would weigh only 76 pounds on Mars.


So 400 lbs and you weigh 150 give or take a biscuit?

Make mars a Fat Farm colony. You go there and are lighter to start so you are more inclined to lose weight. Under the law of conservation of mass, the fat is converted to poop which can be collected to create nutrient rich soil. The more fat people you sent to Mars the more soil they can deposit before they leave. All the calories burned would create heat and it the fat folks are on wheels they could create energy for the facility like a hamster wheel.


Kentucker
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re: 5 ways Mars can kill you.
Considering that a 400 pounder is carrying around about 30 pounds of poop at any given time, that's not a half bad idea.


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TomRollTideRitter
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re: 5 ways Mars can kill you.
I was talking more about a private company like SpaceX.

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And as long as the government keeps funding NASA, they will have money. Very few people will consider not voting for someone because a candidate is pro-NASA.


I don't agree. Political candidates talk about wasteful spending fairly often, and I think if NASA went 50 more years without accomplishing anything the public would take note of, it would move into the cross hairs.

There's a lot to learn from a trip to Mars. Maybe not so much from the trip itself but from the solutions that make it happen.


pvilleguru
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and I think if NASA went 50 more years without accomplishing anything the public would take note of, it would move into the cross hairs

What do you consider not accomplishing anything? It's been 45 since we've put anyone on the moon and there's more interest in NASA now than I've seen in my lifetime and it has nothing to do with this trip to Mars. We just got our first clear picture of Pluto in the last year. We finally had an object leave the solar system. We launched the hubble telescope in 1990 and should have it's more powerful replacement, James Webb Space Telescope, should launch in 2018. We have a new probe orbiting Jupiter. Etc., etc.

Let's say something bad happens on the trip to Mars and the astronauts die. Any support you may have gained for the mission is suddenly gone.


pvilleguru
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Political candidates talk about wasteful spending fairly often,

You're right, and that has done nothing to stop people from voting for democrats and repulicans.


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MIZ_COU
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re: 5 ways Mars can kill you.
The entire budget of NASA is about 1% of the waste in the bloated military budget. Might want to start there.


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pvilleguru
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re: 5 ways Mars can kill you.
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I was talking more about a private company like SpaceX.

Then let the privately funded company worry about getting to Mars. It's what they as trying to do anyway.


TomRollTideRitter
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What do you consider not accomplishing anything?


I didn't say anything about what I consider accomplishing something. I said the general public.

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there's more interest in NASA now than I've seen in my lifetime and it has nothing to do with this trip to Mars


This is just false. There are multiple movies and documentaries recently released about getting to Mars. Nat Geo had a whole series about getting to Mars. A lot of the excitement does have to do with getting to Mars.

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You're right, and that has done nothing to stop people from voting for democrats and repulicans.


You don't know that. No one really knows that.

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Let's say something bad happens on the trip to Mars and the astronauts die. Any support you may have gained for the mission is suddenly gone.


Maybe, maybe not. Certainly with Challenger this happened. It didn't happen with Apollo I.
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TomRollTideRitter
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Then let the privately funded company worry about getting to Mars.


This would severely hurt NASA. If SpaceX has a successful Mars mission and NASA doesn't do the same within several years, there will be an outcry from Democrats and Republicans for making all space exploration privately funded.


pvilleguru
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re: 5 ways Mars can kill you.
Maybe, maybe not, you don't know. I'm fine with making all manned missions privately funded. Too risky and costly. There's better uses for NASA.


TomRollTideRitter
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good debate


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PurpleandGeauld
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re: 5 ways Mars can kill you.
The field of robotics is growing by leaps and bounds. I think it would be easier to send automated workers to build pre-fab structures like shelters, power plants, etc., before sending people.


Commander Data
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re: 5 ways Mars can kill you.
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The field of robotics is growing by leaps and bounds. I think it would be easier to send automated workers to build pre-fab structures like shelters, power plants, etc., before sending people.



Maybe build a permanent launch site on the moon. Would save a ton of money and work launching shuttles and probes from the lunar station instead of fighting gravity on earth.


TigersHeisman225
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re: 5 ways Mars can kill you.
Martians are gay.


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PurpleandGeauld
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re: 5 ways Mars can kill you.
I am guessing a lot of resources could be mined and refined from/on the moon itself. But then the secret illuminati base on the moon would be discovered, so guessing that is a "no go."


cas4t
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If the human population was forced to live underground on Mars, it's probably best to just let us die off.



Why would it be best?

The human race is rare, at least within our solar system. Life is pretty precious, round these parts.


pvilleguru
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Why would it be best?

Because those left on Mars will die within 100 years or so anyway.


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Commander Data
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a lot of resources could be mined


Yes sir. Helium 3. It is the answer to our energy problems.


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