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Space-Related News: Bigelow Aerospace & One-Way Mars Missions?


Six new countries have signed memoranda of understanding with Bigelow Aerospace.  Bigelow is one of the leading private contenders to get private space modules launched and used by humans.  They already have two test modules in Earth orbit and are working on a bigger version to be launched in the next couple of years.  NASA has a role in space, I think, but so do private entities.

Could plans for one-way Mars trips be the thing that finally spurs us to being human exploration and colonization of the planet?  That’s what Earth scientist Dirk Schulze-Makuch and physicist Paul Davies argue in a new article in the Journal of Cosmology.  I think our species needs to colonize other bodies if we are to survive on galactic time-scales.  I’m unsure whether one-way trips are the way to kick that process off, but am open to the idea.


3 thoughts on “Space-Related News: Bigelow Aerospace & One-Way Mars Missions?

  1. I have a hard time seeing a one way trip to Mars as anything but demoralizing. Sustainable human habitation on Mars is something that can’t be done in a single mission; the scale needed is just too big; and sending people to their death is not generally a way to encourage further enthusiasm, especially when we have a good robot driven idea of what to expect when we get there depriving it of the new discovery element.

    • Everyone dies. A one-way trip to Mars simply narrows down the location. If Earthlings commit to support them, they could live exceptionally fulfilling and meaningful lives.

  2. It won’t be a viable approach for everybody, that’s for sure. However, there have been intrepid people throughout our history that have traveled extreme distances from home with little hope of successful return. There aren’t any technological barriers holding us back anymore. We can send as much or as little in the way of initial resources as we choose. Financial and political barriers are about all that remains. I think those will eventually be lowered. If this approach is what initiates our expansion through our solar system, I’m all for it. 🙂

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