More progress for Mars outpost...one tiny step
NASA officials say the Mars rover has discovered that radiation levels on the planet are low enough to not be fatal to humans.
The website spacereporter.com notes that the rover made its findings by linking radiation levels to daily changes in Mars weather.
Don Hassler, the radiation investigator on the Curiosity team, predicts:
“Absolutely, astronauts can live in this environment.”
But a big issue remains: Will space travelers be killed by radiation from solar flares as they travel toward Mars?
|by Anonymous||reply 20||11/19/2012|
But is the radition level high enough to kill the stench from my pussy?
|by Anonymous||reply 1||11/19/2012|
What the fuck is all this for? Who seriously is going to say something like, "honey, I've had it with the boss and this neighborhood, let's pull up stakes and move to Mars". Why is space exploration so terribly necessary and important?! I mean, the Cold War is over, unless there is some secret plan to blast/send all the Muslims to Mars.....
|by Anonymous||reply 2||11/19/2012|
Exploration R2 has always fascinated men. What happens when this planet's resources and environment are used up?
|by Anonymous||reply 3||11/19/2012|
The quest for knowledge and the urge to explore are essential aspects of human civilization, R2. And the survival instinct is even more so. Eventually, the earth will no longer be able to sustain human beings.
Plus--it's just so fucking cool.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||11/19/2012|
Climate change is just getting us ready for life on harsh planets.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||11/19/2012|
There aren't a lot of resources on Mars, though. There's very little water and no hydrocarbons.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||11/19/2012|
We hardly know what resources are on Mars. Besides, it's an essential second step.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||11/19/2012|
No but it might have lots of minerals R6.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||11/19/2012|
Yay, let's destroy another planet!
|by Anonymous||reply 9||11/19/2012|
Yeah, I can see all these shuttles to and from Mars now...we can't even handle life here, how is moving to Mars going to make it better or different; so few of you make sense or can give even one really good reason for "space exploration". Is it comparable to climbing Mount Everest "just because it's there"? If so, then count MY money for it OUT!!
|by Anonymous||reply 10||11/19/2012|
You can't destroy a planet that has no life. However, we could introduce and atmosphere, import life and then kill it all.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||11/19/2012|
How about setting up colonies in Antarctica, has anyone thought of that? I'm sure those lonely scientists down there yearn for all the schlock from home.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||11/19/2012|
Here's the thing, with ion drive Earth to Mars is lt 30 days. With chemical rockets, it's significantly longer.
So our journey to Mars will be electric ion propulsion.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||11/19/2012|
They can build McMansions on Mars, too.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||11/19/2012|
Yeeeah, good luck with all of that....will you be one of the first colonists, Lucifer?
|by Anonymous||reply 16||11/19/2012|
r2, I believe it's for the mining. At least until the ancient reactor can be started to make a breathable atmosphere and blue skies.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||11/19/2012|
And this isn't going to fuck up the solar system worse than it is with global warming on Earth? It all seems like some silly dream world as if so many people are hung up with a Star Wars mentality.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||11/19/2012|
R18, fuck up the solar system?
You have a pretty grand view of human capabilities.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||11/19/2012|
I think DL is fucking up the solar system.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||11/19/2012|