This article holds a sentement that I have agreed with for a long time. While I would love to see humanity go to Mars, biologically It’s probably not meant to be. Not without some changes. And, in the short term at least, it is very unlikely that Mars itself will be the one doing the changing.
Sure we can get people to survive on Mars. I’m sure we could have missions there of a month or longer. Maybe even a long-term base with crew rotating out at periodic intervals. The issue arises when you take a human, put him on Mars, and then expect them to not only stay there the rest of their lives but raise a healthy family also. There are the basic problems. No oxygen, no air pressure, no water. So assuming you can handle all of those you still have to figure out a way to deal with the fact that Mars doesn’t have a magnetosphere, which on Earth, is the only thing that protects you from being constantly irradiated from interstellar radiation. Combine that with the .3G of Earth gravity that exists on Mars, (leading to bone density issues) and any children you have up there have a huge risk of becoming emaciated and irradiated. Terraforming could help us possibly breathe outside on mars but nothing will fix the gravity and radiation problems
Because of these reasons, I think in the short term that bioforming the human genome to live on Mars is the only real solution. Humans on Mars would become Martians. They would literally need genomes adapted to live on the planet Mars just like millions of years of evolution have adapted Homosapien to live on Earth.
In 1972, citizen scientist Sir Elton John hypothesized that Mars “ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids.” While John’s remarks were never published in a peer-reviewed journal (though they did peak at No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart), he’s not wrong about the Red Planet’s inhospitality.
This is a cool article and a great dream for the future. I just wish it was written from more of a concrete of a plan than just one of Elon’s tweets.
While BFR would be a momentous achievement for humankind I have to say to me hyperloop seems like just a redesigned subway. Maybe it just pales in comparison to the possibility of BFR. If we built an Earth to Earth space travel industry then all the equipment we need to go to Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid belt, or beyond. Will simply exist in abundance. It would be the equivalent to a Moon mission being as easy as redirecting the flight of a 747. Parts costs will drop from mass production. Maintenance would be significantly cheaper. And if we could actually create Hydrazine from water? Goodbye fossil fuel aerospace industry!
Elon Musk has announced how two of his biggest ideas the hyperloop vacuum-sealed transit system, and the SpaceX BFR could come together to transport humans across the globe at super fast speed. Musk explained on Twitter that SpaceX has plans to offer “Earth-to-Earth” trips using the BFR by 2024.
Thats right. Another big net neutrality vote. Luckily today it is about restoring the original rules and not breaking the system more. I’m sure a lot of you are sick of hearing about this. Trust me I sympathize. I try as a rule to keep politics out of this website. It just turns into a big pissing match that nobody wins. But when I’m asked to give up existing rights that is a big problem. Essentially the net neutrality repeal is a big cash handout to the telcom providers at huge expense of everybody else, in terms of both money and freedom.
Fight the privacy fatigue and please pay attention to this one, both for me and yourselves. Thanks
Senate lawmakers are expected to vote Wednesday on a resolution that aims to undo a sweeping act of deregulation undertaken last year by the Federal Communications Commission – and issue a rebuke to the Trump administration, which supported the FCC’s move. The resolution targets the FCC’s vote in December to repeal its net neutrality rules for Internet providers.