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Offline cthyme

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Does science tell us, that we have a better chance living on Mars, than we have exploring and living in our own oceans?
« Last Edit: 09/07/2015 08:27:22 by chris »


 

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Simply put, the ocean is closer to us.
 

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As mentioned above, the ocean is much, much closer to us, and we don't have to fight gravity the whole way to get there.

Also, the ocean is much closer to our ideal temperature--it doesn't get much colder than 0C anywhere, vs Mars which is usually colder than 40C (can get as cold as 200C!), which, to put it mildly, is less than ideal...

Also, there is food in the ocean (not on Mars), liquid water in the ocean (probably not on Mars), and molecular oxygen in the ocean (not on Mars in any useful amount)

And, if the science isn't enough, let's look at some history:
first human on Mars: not yet...
first submarine vessel: depending on your criteria, anywhere from 500 to 250 years ago. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_submarines


# humans exploring or inhabiting Mars = 0.
# humans exploring subsurface ocean >1000000
# humans living beneath the surface of the ocean for more than a few months at a time = CLASSIFIED (but safe to assume it is at least a few hundred at any given time)
 

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I guess my main question is why so much money is going into the Mars projects, are we doing as much for ocean exploration? It doesn't seem like it.
 

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There is a lot of money being spent on exploring the ocean (unfortunately a large percentage of it, is looking for places to drill for oil...) There is plenty of scientific research as well, it just usually doesn't get as much hype as the NASA and ESA missions (actually some of the really deep sea missions are NASA! http://www.nasa.gov/vision/space/preparingtravel/px15.html)
 

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An excellent read about Neemo and Aquarius.
Thanks for the link
 

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