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Offline syhprum

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Mars trip
« on: 17/11/2006 20:50:46 »
With the impending change in political power in America can we look forward to the abandonment of this 'manned trip to Mars nonsense?'.
Valuable scientific projects are being lost for supposed lack of funds such as the Arecibo telescope and it is quite possible that if another worn out shuttle go's down while building the useless ISS the Hubble telescope will be lost too.


 

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Re: Mars trip
« Reply #1 on: 17/11/2006 23:45:19 »
We have got to go there one day and it may as well be sooner than later.

Also other projects may have to be postponed but all the new science and equipment which will have to be invented to get us to mars  will help us in the future with other ventures
 

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Re: Mars trip
« Reply #2 on: 18/11/2006 00:15:23 »
Although the Apollo project to the Moon absorbed some 5% of the American budget it provided the minimum amount of safety for the the crews and very little opportunity to do scientific work, indeed a crew perished on the ground and another came very nearly doing so on the thirteenth trip.
To go to mars requires a very large vehicle to provide artificial gravity and radiation protection, a fleet of unmanned landings to set up living quarters and a much greater degree of safety for the crew would be demanded by the public.
All this has to be done with much less money in real terms, quite impossible.
Unmanned vehicles to mars have a success rate of less than 50% what hope of men going there, doing useful scientific work and coming back fit and well all on a veritable shoestring.
No well developed robots can do much better at 5% of the cost, all that can be afforded.
 

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Re: Mars trip
« Reply #3 on: 26/11/2006 02:46:26 »
I wonder how serious the Administration is at pursuing manned trips to Mars any time soon, or if that is just political rhetoric. Realistically, i agree that the technology to permit manned excursions to Mars is not at hand, and cannot be brought into existence cheaply or quickly. So, given that reality, can we safely assume that manned trips to Mars simeply are not going to happen any time soon?
 

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Re: Mars trip
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