‘A Dutch company is establishing a human colony on Mars. The non-profit organization, Mars One, will send a crew to the Red Planet in 2016 – and because there will be major changes in the human body after a stay on Mars, there’d be no coming back. You have to say goodbye to Earth.’
When I first heard this I thought, well good for them. My second thought was…they’re all gonna die. A pessimist you say, not really, just a hunch. I’ve never been to Mars, and the only review I can give it is what I have seen from movies like Total Recall. And yet…I’ve always felt there is something sinister about the Red Planet.
Perhaps I am over reacting. It’s possible, I have done before, but the fact that this planet, for whatever reason, is ‘supposedly’ completely devoid of life, makes me ponder whether or not we should put life back on it.
Scientists claim that Mars is very much like Earth at an earlier age, so perhaps a more advanced (and equally stupid) species made the same mistakes we are making. They used up all the natural resources, which destroyed the ozone and residual atmosphere so that what is left is a near lifeless planet. Or, perhaps there had been a plague of some kind, or a catastrophic disaster that happened to Mars to wipe out all life, as it almost did with us when the KT asteroid hit Earth over 65 million years ago.
A world war could have done it as well, and who is to say that the beings that lived on Mars didn’t also have such advanced weaponry that when the war broke out they simply blew themselves and everything else to atoms and the planet is just starting to recover? Could be the only indigenous species that remain are bug like creatures such as those found on City Alpha Five, which crawl into your ears and make your brain bleed? Yuck. Not something I’m interested in trying.
‘The atmosphere of Mars is less than 1% of Earth’s, so it does not protect the planet from the Sun’s radiation nor does it do much to retain heat at the surface. It consists of 95% carbon dioxide, 3% nitrogen, 1.6% argon, and the remainder is trace amounts of oxygen, water vapor, and other gases. Also, it is constantly filled with small particles of dust(mainly iron oxide), which give Mars its reddish hue.‘
So, assuming that we do set up a colony on Mars there would have to be a great deal of terraforming done in order for Humans to survive there. We would need shelters that would protect us from the radiation of the sun, artificial green houses to grow crops, as the surface of the planet is too harsh to sustain them. There would also be no meat available, other than what we bring from Earth, so we have to assume that a space would need to be carved out for farm animals as well. Seems a lot of work and expense just to move to a planet you can never physically set foot outside without radiation and gravity suits to protect you. And did I mention the large pockets of methane gas found on Mars? If a colony is built too close to one, well, the eruption would have be ten times that of Mt. Vesuvius. What would happen if the new colony was suddenly completely left to the elements and lack of atmosphere? Not a pretty death, I would imagine.
The point is, we really know very little about the planet still, and any colony that goes up there is really taking its chances. I approve of the idea of space exploration, it would be fascinating to go where no one has gone before, and I’d be the first on board the shuttle if I thought there was a Spock out there waiting for me, but let’s not put the horse before the cart here. We can barely take care of ourselves as a race, let’s not throw ourselves out there to be a burden to beings that may or may not be more advanced. All most people care about these days is the newest technology and convenience, they have no concern how they actually get it or what the consequences of that technology and convenience is to our planet. They don’t consider anything but what makes their lives happier and easier. Humans going into space at a time like this, even if only to Mars, would be like throwing a toddler into Wall Street and expecting him to make money. We should not be considering colony’s or Space travel just as means to escape a planet that is dying because we simply don’t care about it anymore. It only proves we are not mature enough for such a step.
So now people will run away to Mars, and a planet that is similar but not as hospitable as Earth, to suffer the same horrible fate of over use and destruction. Assuming that the alien’s don’t eat us first. Well, if you won’t believe me, why not get a second opinion- from a Doctor.
Live Long and Prosper