Mission to Mars is necessary for ‘survival of human race’

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  1. VolDad

    VolDad Super Moderator

    A manned mission to Mars is necessary for our ‘species to survive’, says Nasa chief Charles Bolden as he plots a three-step plan to land humans on the red planet by 2030.

    To achieve this stellar ambition, Mr Bolden, head of the US space programme and a veteran space shuttle pilot, outlined a series of ‘stepping stones’ to Mars that include ‘lassoing’ an asteroid and bringing it into the Moon’s orbit by 2015, growing plants in space and using 3D printers for onboard repairs.

    These steps in advance of a three-year return trip to the red planet would not only bring scientists new samples from outer space but would provide a valuable testing ground for key technologies necessary for manned missions.

    Speaking at the Humans to Mars summit, Mr Bolden told The Times: ‘If this species is to survive indefinitely we need to become a multi-planet species. We need to go to Mars, and Mars is a stepping stone to other solar systems.’


    http://metro.co.uk/2014/04/23/mission-to-mars-is-necessary-for-survival-of-human-race-4706507/
     
  2. JohnnyQuickkick

    JohnnyQuickkick Calcio correspondent

    Once we find those Prothean artifacts all hell breaks loose
     
  3. lumberjack4

    lumberjack4 Chieftain

    How does he expect for us to lasso an asteroid into lunar orbit in the next 19 months?
     
  4. fl0at_

    fl0at_ Humorless, asinine, joyless pr*ck

    With our ropes.
     
  5. Joseph Brant

    Joseph Brant Airbrush Aficionado

    Pecos Bill.
     
  6. _Crew_

    _Crew_ Contributor

    I'm guessing he went to Georgia Tech.
     
  7. JT5

    JT5 Super Moderator

    Serious? People grow new people, inside their ****ing bellies, all in 9 months. There are people who can eat like 50 ****ing hot dogs in 5 minutes. I would hope we can lasso an asteroid in 19 freaking months.
     
  8. kidbourbon

    kidbourbon Well-Known Member

  9. kidbourbon

    kidbourbon Well-Known Member

  10. NYY

    NYY Super Moderator

    Did we ever figure out the most feasible way to get bass on that one way trip?
     
  11. fl0at_

    fl0at_ Humorless, asinine, joyless pr*ck

    Shoot him, bury him in OE's land in Kentucky, and then just tell his family he went on that one way trip?
     
  12. IP

    IP It's just business.

    Plans already in motion. Including some private companies. Basically, you send a satellite/probe/thingy to the asteroid, attach to it, and start thrusting it into an orbit of our convenience.

    Thrusting. All about thrusting.
     
  13. kidbourbon

    kidbourbon Well-Known Member

    Rhythmic?
     
  14. IP

    IP It's just business.

    precision thrusting.
     
  15. lumberjack4

    lumberjack4 Chieftain

  16. kidbourbon

    kidbourbon Well-Known Member

    The Kid clarified
     
  17. Volst53

    Volst53 Super Moderator

    The amount of potential resources is astronomical
     
  18. lumberjack4

    lumberjack4 Chieftain

    I know companies are looking into it. I don't see how moving a body into lunar orbit is feasible in a year and a half. Maybe 3-5 if it seriously pursued. Even a small hunk of space rock has serious mass.
     
  19. VolDad

    VolDad Super Moderator

  20. NYY

    NYY Super Moderator

    Can't. He's too fast. Bullet can't catch him.
     

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