Stephen Hawking warned that humans needed to colonize another planet within 1,000 years but quickly upgraded that figure by saying we have to do it within 100 years in order to avoid extinction.
There’s a problem with this plan: under almost no circumstance is colonizing another planet the best way to adapt to a problem on earth.
I guess many people are afraid of a doomsday scenario, where the Earth becomes weak and just cannot sustain life. Whether it’s because of nuclear war or massive global warming, a post-disaster Earth would be a lot more habitable than packing our suitcases, loading them into a spacecraft and zooming off to Mars.
Apart from the logistics of who gets to go on a 7 month space ride and what do we do when we get there, there are also ethical reasons behind even considering starting a colony on Mars or landing the first manned spacecraft on the planet.
Reading this article will give you reasons why we should travel to Mars.
Of course it goes without saying that there are risks involved; and you can read about them here.
There is a series entitled “Mars” which is a combination of a fact and fiction and I really enjoyed this show.
Don’t know what to pack for your trip to Mars? This book gives you tips and facts.
Whether you agree or not that we should sink billions of dollars into research to make it happen , it’s still an interesting discussion to have.