Should Mars be colonised?

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    Or are there better options like using it as a giant factory used by automatons?
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    Mars should be colonised.
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    (Original post by Mistletoe)
    Or are there better options like using it as a giant factory used by automatons?
    We lack the technology right now however we could use it as a giant farm once we do it. That combined with asteroid mining would mean we'd only need to produce goods on earth.
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    To introduce human failures on another planet?

    Most of people around the world, (including the western world) are uneducated. We have a tendency to waste large amouts of resources for nonsense and primitive amusements, which still often doesn't even make us happy, we're destroying natural environment, and we're running wars for most stupid reasons.

    At this point, it doesn't matter is colonisation of Mars by humans possible or not, it's a nonsense because most of us are useless and dangerous to other people and other forms of life.


    (Original post by Rakas21)
    We lack the technology right now however we could use it as a giant farm once we do it. That combined with asteroid mining would mean we'd only need to produce goods on earth.
    It won't do. Attempts to solve problems of humanity by technology is almost as naive as doing it with religion.
    In case of technology, it will only make future disasters bigger.
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    If there is life on mars then mars should belong to the martians.If not then perhaps we should terraform it, although that is way beyond our current capabilities.People say why go to mars but they miss the point.Mars is just the first step.The idea is to go to the stars and explore whats out there but to do that you have to go to mars first.
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    (Original post by PTMalewski)
    To introduce human failures on another planet?

    Most of people around the world, (including the western world) are uneducated. We have a tendency to waste large amouts of resources for nonsense and primitive amusements, which still often doesn't even make us happy, we're destroying natural environment, and we're running wars for most stupid reasons.

    At this point, it doesn't matter is colonisation of Mars by humans possible or not, it's a nonsense because most of us are useless and dangerous to other people and other forms of life.

    It won't do. Attempts to solve problems of humanity by technology is almost as naive as doing it with religion.
    In case of technology, it will only make future disasters bigger.
    Personally i believe that space has the potential to be revolutionary. Space mining for example has the potential to make most primary resources infinitely abundant (with a corresponding collapse in the price of most metals) and ergo the economics of the future will be turned on their head. So not all bad.

    I do share your view (though i don't think its a bad thing) that we will be dangerous to other forms of life, i've always believed that once we have interstellar technology we will resemble the conquering Kilingons far more than the hippy federation (startrek).
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    I don't really see the point, unless it's given a similar political status to Antarctica.
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    Yes, we 100% should colonise Mars but we are hindered by current technology. Colonising and terraforming planets should be one of humanities aims.
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    (Original post by PTMalewski)
    To introduce human failures on another planet?

    Most of people around the world, (including the western world) are uneducated. We have a tendency to waste large amouts of resources for nonsense and primitive amusements, which still often doesn't even make us happy, we're destroying natural environment, and we're running wars for most stupid reasons.

    At this point, it doesn't matter is colonisation of Mars by humans possible or not, it's a nonsense because most of us are useless and dangerous to other people and other forms of life.




    It won't do. Attempts to solve problems of humanity by technology is almost as naive as doing it with religion.
    In case of technology, it will only make future disasters bigger.
    There aren't little green men living there, you know
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    Eventually it'll be necessary as we live on a planet with finite rescources and a population expanding at an exponential rate, unless there's some kind of cataclysmic event that reduces us to near extinction and gives the planet time to recover.
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    Cmon France
    Get to it
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    I don't really see the point, unless it's given a similar political status to Antarctica.
    Yes just like there was no point in colonising the americas.The point is that there are more places to explore than the one tiny rock we are currently stranded on.Also mars had water in the past which means it could have had life.That life could have travelled to earth via meteorite.Which would make earth life possibly martian.Either way the discovery of life on mars-past or present,would be world-changing in its implications.
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    (Original post by Robby2312)
    Yes just like there was no point in colonising the americas.The point is that there are more places to explore than the one tiny rock we are currently stranded on.Also mars had water in the past which means it could have had life.That life could have travelled to earth via meteorite.Which would make earth life possibly martian.Either way the discovery of life on mars-past or present,would be world-changing in its implications.
    You do realise that colonising Mars would completely destroy any chance of confirming whether or not there's life on Mars because it would contaminate the surface?
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    You do realise that colonising Mars would completely destroy any chance of confirming whether or not there's life on Mars because it would contaminate the surface?
    The surface is already contaminated.There is only so much you can sterilise a space craft.Nasa judges it to be low risk because its unlikely life can survive on the surface.There are things that humans can do which would take rovers many days to do.
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    (Original post by Robby2312)
    The surface is already contaminated.There is only so much you can sterilise a space craft.Nasa judges it to be low risk because its unlikely life can survive on the surface.There are things that humans can do which would take rovers many days to do.
    The surface has not undergone much contamination if any, and all landers have specifically been placed in regions where we would not expect life to exist in order to minimise any risk of contamination. It is also not correct that it's unlikely that life could survive on the surface. It is highly likely that life could.
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    No i think we should leave Mars alone...we need to fix Earth first
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    (Original post by tamil fever)
    No i think we should leave Mars alone...we need to fix Earth first
    How does one fix Earth?

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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    The surface has not undergone much contamination if any, and all landers have specifically been placed in regions where we would not expect life to exist in order to minimise any risk of contamination. It is also not correct that it's unlikely that life could survive on the surface. It is highly likely that life could.
    I wouldn't say its highly likely life could.Mars is cold,dry and its surface is bombarded by harmful radiation.Some types of extremophiles could survive on the martian surface but its not highly likely.
    It might survive under the surface however.Anyway how would colonising mars contaminate it? It wouldn't if we were careful to not to.
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    (Original post by PTMalewski)
    To introduce human failures on another planet?

    Most of people around the world, (including the western world) are uneducated. We have a tendency to waste large amouts of resources for nonsense and primitive amusements, which still often doesn't even make us happy, we're destroying natural environment, and we're running wars for most stupid reasons.

    At this point, it doesn't matter is colonisation of Mars by humans possible or not, it's a nonsense because most of us are useless and dangerous to other people and other forms of life.


    It won't do. Attempts to solve problems of humanity by technology is almost as naive as doing it with religion.
    In case of technology, it will only make future disasters bigger.
    wtf you talking about
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    (Original post by RobML)
    How does one fix Earth?

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    lol
    not fix fix(the literal meaning)Earth I mean solve it's problems.E.g: pollution,poverty,crime...
    If we colonize Mars the same problems will come there and then we will get fed up of Mars and say: "We found another,better planet.Let's move their.."
 
 
 
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