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Will man ever walk on Mars?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Dick Whitman, Aug 27, 2012.

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Will man ever walk on Mars?

  1. Yes, but not in my lifetime.

    31 vote(s)
    48.4%
  2. Yes, in my lifetime.

    25 vote(s)
    39.1%
  3. No, never.

    8 vote(s)
    12.5%
  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Been thinking about the space program a lot lately after the death of Neil Armstrong and the recent spacecraft landing on Mars.

    I know very little about the particular challenges of such a manned mission, but I bet some in our diverse group of posters could really enlighten us.
     
  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Can we add to the poll what country the person will be from? :D
     
  3. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Some kind of huge discovery on Mars would speed up the timetable, like abundant liquid water or signs of life.

    I think we have the technology now. The barriers are more logistical and financial.
     
  4. jlee

    jlee Active Member

    I said in my lifetime, but I'm 28, so that's about four decades plus to get the job done.
     
  5. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    No real reason to have a man go up if we do not intend to live up there. Drones and robots can do most of the research for us.

    The biggest problem would be getting the person we send up there home. You have to punch through an atmosphere to come home.
     
  6. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    It would be easier to go to Mars if the goal was to settle and not return astronauts.
     
  7. dmc

    dmc Guest

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_One
    Mars One plans to establish the first human settlement on Mars. According to their schedule, the first crew of four astronauts would arrive on Mars in 2023
     
  8. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    We've done it before.
     
  9. Azrael

    Azrael Active Member

    To Mars? Unless things change, only if there's money in it - or if we run out of something here, like water or air.

    (Tom Wolfe had a smart OpEd a few years ago in which he argued that the only reason we got to the moon was that the trip was one front in the Cold War. It's interesting this week to note the number of small government types praising Neil Armstrong for having ridden one of the most expensive public works projects in human history to the moon and back.)
     
  10. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    We'll land there.
    Another question comes to mind, when will beings from another planet visit us?
     
  11. 3OctaveFart

    3OctaveFart Guest

    Several posters on this site are proof positive of that.
     
  12. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    10-4 to that!
     
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