I hope Spielberg makes a film about the moon. If so it could have an awesome moon landing scene, with machineguns and explosions and that guy from apollo 13.. Tom Hanks ! can't wait
America will get there first! They're more advanced than people think. China and India aren't even close.
I don't know why Europe and America just don't work together loads more, they're pretty level headed countries. I think Russia is slowly getting there.
Because the Germans and French have got their whole 'let create a federal europe' as a counterweight to American influence thing going on. I have no doubt the British would quite happily cooperate with NASA and the Americans but the French and Germans would never have it, they want their own space program even if it's hideously behind NASA and the chinese.
Why would rich people want to live on a barren world with a year nearly twice as long as ours and in an environment where the initial human pioneers would be restricted to martian biodomes or whatever ?
History has shown us that colonists always come from the lowest parts of society or those that are being actively persecuted, the rich have no need to move and make a new life as they have a good life already. If we live to 100 we might just touch upon the beginnings of martian bases if people get serious about colonising the planet but we'll never live long enough to see it terraformed, we're talking the year 3,000 before it'd even be habitable and a hell of a lot of political will and cash spent to achieve such a goal.
Dayne was pretty much spot on, initially rich tourists might visit just to be able to say they've been to Mars but if it's ever colonised, it'll be poor people that probably sign up for government funded schemes, providing a set time of labour for the government in exchange for their transit to Mars. It's how the initial colonisation of America went, poor people went over as indentured servants to companies or rich land owners, worked seven years and then got set free and given their own plot of land from which to work. Of course with the advent of slavery, indentured servants quickly become a thing of the past but the theory stays the same.
I wonder how the land of Mars will be shared out? Will it be claimed, or distributed relative to the size of the countries' population?