Questionable Motives

January 1, 2010

Why is a manned mission to Mars in the next decade a great idea?

Filed under: Mars,Politics,Science,Space,Technology — tildeb @ 6:23 am

It will test our knowledge, our resourcefulness, and the limits of our abilities in every way. It will be risky, and yes, people will die. But in today’s risk-averse world, the value of a challenge has been grossly underestimated. As people become more and more “stay at home” and turn to ever more push-button solutions, we are losing our survival instinct. Existing and living to simply relax at home where it is safe is not good for any of us in the end.

In a world that is struggling with political solutions to big problems like the environment, hunger, poverty, and disease, we need a challenge like Mars now more than ever. We need to “sharpen up”, so let’s do something worthy of the effort, and something with the payoff equal to the effort put in. Mars, however we get there—be it a direct path or via the Moon, and with government programs or through private commercial space development—should be in our sights, for it has the potential to change our world in ways that we dearly need now.

From The Space Review here.

I think such a mission would produce significant and lucrative spinoffs in new science and technologies, provide a focus for a common human effort towards something truly grand but achievable, and fire up the imagination of the younger generation to what’s possible.


  1. Ohhh! I love this kind of topic 😀

    And I happen to agree precisely with what you said :D.

    A mission to Mars, whenever it may be (but hopefully in my lifetime), would certainly give us something a lot more worthwhile to focus our collective minds and imaginations on. A real life Sci-fi movie. Something like that could possibly get young children more interested in science class too.

    Comment by thebooreport — January 5, 2010 @ 12:23 am | Reply

    • Absolutely. I’m showing my age but as a very young tyke I was rousted from bed in the wee hours to watch the Apollo mission with my family and a couple of neighbours (one pair was Jewish, another Czechoslovakian, another a British sea captain!) who had no TV. The mission proved what science could do if only we pulled together as people and assumed that we could solve the problems that had to be overcome for the mission to succeed. This event changed the world and I think we need another good shaking to get back on track to beginning to achieve more of what humanity can aspire to do.

      Comment by tildeb — January 5, 2010 @ 1:51 am | Reply

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