NASA has some really serious plans for sending people to Mars. What was once an improbable dream is now coming closer and closer to becoming reality. And it is fair to say that this might be our destiny after all. One day our planet will run out of fuel, the water will be as polluted as it can get and we will barely be able to breathe.
Then there are some major possibilities: Earth heats up so badly that it will enter a massive ice age, thus everything will go extinct, humans included; we destroy our ozone lair completely and we get roasted alive, or we will simply die one by one while Earth tries to reform itself. This is practically why we should be sending people to Mars.
NASA has been working, plotting and developing a three-stage plan to ensure that the human race will survive in case of a major disaster, but we have to make sure that we can send people to Mars and that we would be able to survive there. And no, just because “The Martian” movie showed us that some things are possible, it doesn’t really mean that they are possible.
NASA has developed a 36 page plan with a fancy name: Journey to Mars: Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration. The report is presented as a strategy that “charts a course toward horizon goals while delivering near-term benefits and defining a resilient architecture that can accommodate budgetary changes, political priorities, new scientific discoveries, technological breakthroughs and evolving partnerships.”
In short, we just have to make sure that we can ensure the conditions that we have here on Earth on Mars as well. That requires good strategy and planning that has been happening for some time. In fact, the first step of the plan has been underway for many years: it’s coping with space. We have had astronauts in space for decades and we are not running short of them at all.
The next two steps are trickier: we need to actually send boots to Mars and make sure that the world is inhabitable. Boots are planned to be put on the red planet by the end of 2030, so we just need to figure out who we are going to send there. Once we find out how life on Mars really is like, then we can talk about deploying more and more people to ensure the survival of our species.
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