If you’re a news addict like I am, you’ll have read recent articles about colonizing Mars via one-way astronaut tickets, meaning … “Been nice knowing ya, ‘cuz you ain’t comin’ back!”
Yes, one-way trips. Read from Discovery News:
“This is not a suicide mission. The astronauts would go to Mars with the intention of staying for the rest of their lives, as trailblazers of a permanent human Mars colony,” Schultz-Makuch, with Washington State University, and Davies, at Arizona State, write in this month’s Journal of Cosmology.
“Their role would be to establish a base camp to which more colonists would eventually be sent, and to carry out important scientific and technological projects,” the scientists wrote.
The plan would cut sharply cut the cost of a human mission to Mars — the authors estimate not needing fuel and supplies for a return trip to Earth could save about 80 percent — while paving the way for future colonization.
An outpost on Mars (eventually colonized by younger people) would also be a way to preserve the human species should an asteroid impact or some other disaster wipe out life on Earth, they point out.
Yeah, it’d be a rough job, getting hammered by radiation 24/7 with just a few other people, but you could always dial up an earthling. For somebody fit and in their early 60s, what better way to go out?
“Yeah, I died colonizing Mars.”
That’s far out!
But it’s the last quoted sentence that bring this news to SHTF Blog. Whenever someone uses words like outpost, preserve the human species, and disaster, in the same sentence, I get all kinds of SHTF survival shivers running up my back.
Sign me up!
Shit, I’d fly off to settle Mars on a one-way trip if I was in my later years. As the researchers pointed out, this is no different than sending colonizing parties to far away lands way back in the day. They knew they weren’t coming back.
But I’d want my astronaut suit to be in Mars landscape camouflage. I’m not sure whether Mars Lady is friend or foe. Look at her:
What do you think?
Friend or foe?
And would you go?
On a one-way trip to Mars?
– Ranger Man