Saturday, October 10, 2015

NASA: Mars Colonies Within 25 Yrs

The Telegraph reports on a somewhat bold claim by NASA officials that we'll have earth independent colonies on Mars by the 2030s. At least they're willing to point out some of the problems they're facing:

"In the coming decades the space agency will continue to gather information from experiments aboard the International Space Station, so that crews can live in deep space without health problems from radiation and the effects of micro-gravity.
Currently the amount of time astronauts can spend in space is limited because of fears that space radiation causes cancer. Many crew members also need glasses after returning from space because the effects of micro-gravity causes pressure to build up in the optic nerve. There are also fears that astronauts could develop dementia or suffer fertility problems."

I wouldn't be surprised if we get someone on Mars even before then. I'm still skeptical they'd be able to spend much time, never mind productive time, there.


At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, well, first they'll have to pry the $$$ out of the House Ways & Means committee's cold dead hands first.

Can't drown the govmint without taking NASA down with it. Then there's that pesky little conflict between science and the god-botherers.

You must be counting on Democrats running the show.

At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Divert 5% of military spending toward NASA and we'd be on Mars in no time. As present, the 25-year-timeline is the beggar's timeline.

For some perspective, if you added together all NASA budgets from 1958 to 2011... you'd have the same amount of money as the US spent on the military in 2011 alone. We spend next to nothing on space exploration, yet reap great scientific discoveries (many of them used by our military).

At 5:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give nasa half of what they are giving ISIS whether intentionally or by misguiided "intent" then let the science dweebs do their thing I encumbered by budgets.


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