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[–] Mars_Hopper [S] 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

The sooner Mars One dies the sooner the public can be educated about programs that actually have a chance to succeed. The public have been convinced by countless of irresponsible news stories that we have a mission going to mars in 2024, what they don't know is that if they seriously supported such a mission NASA could realistically send human's to Mars sometime in the 2020's, but they don't know that they need to advocate for it because the wool has been pulled over their eyes.

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[–] fasthansolo 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Agreed. M1 seems like just a scam.

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[–] Stanley_Yelnats_IV 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I don't think it's quite this simplistic. I agree that the success of Mars One is doubtful, but Mars exploration isn't a zero sum game: support for one project doesn't necessarily mean less support for others. Personally, I support just about every plan to human feet on alien soil, even those that are a bit more outlandish. The way I see it, more enthusiasm for space exploration in general is positive, and if Mars One drums up some of that enthusiasm, I'm fine with it.

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[–] Mars_Hopper [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I once felt that way, but I really think Mars One is detrimental. Everyone in my family and friends knows that I am working towards becoming an astronaut and hope that in my lifetime we colonize mars. I have educated them as much as I can about what that entails and yet still I constantly am informed by my parents and friends about what Mars One is doing. Or some new person I meet hears that I am interested in Mars and they start telling me this about a news story of local so and so signed up to be a Mars colonist. The thing is, they think it is happening, and they won't realize when it fails that it only failed because it was a stupid idea in the first place. When it fails they will hear news stories about how the cost was too much and the technology we have not good enough and then they will assume that it is too expensive and impossible. In reality, a cheap (relative to the US budget) 15 year plan by NASA partnered with SpaceX or whoever would be capable. They don't know this, and now they have another point of evidence in their mind that space is too hard and too expensive. That is what I fear.

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[–] Vladimir_Komarov 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I hold no delusions that this project will get off the ground, but I like that they are keeping the conversation open. A lot of the people that are becoming interested in this angle of the conversation are people who wouldn't be involved in it otherwise. Just having this out there for people to discuss keeps interest in Mars within the common dialogue. Some little kid is looking at this coverage thinking it might be cool to someday go to mars, and that kid could be the first human to touch it we never know.

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[–] Mars_Hopper [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I agree with your sentiment, but see my post above where I explain why it scares me. I hope it will only have a positive impact, but I am fearful it will have a larger negative impact.

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[–] KidQuantum 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

While I support visiting Mars in the spirit of exploration there are zero reasons to put a colony there. We need to look elsewhere.

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[–] Tallest_Skil 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

You’re insane, right? There are zero reasons to put a colony on the only other body in the solar system with an ecosystem ready to support human life? Nothing, anywhere, is as close to Earth as Mars.

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[–] KidQuantum 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

the only other body in the solar system with an ecosystem ready to support human life?

And you just asked if I'm insane?

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[–] Mars_Hopper [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

There are reasons to colonize it. We can learn a hell of a lot more about Mars if we have humans studying it that live there rather than doing it robotically (speed of light makes it incredibly difficult to do a lot remotely) and having a colony there would make it a lot easier to live there. Also, by continually trying to improve living conditions a lot of technological innovations could occur that would be beneficial to all humans. Plus, if by living there we have an incentive to terraform and begin learning how to actually terraform then we will have learned a hell of a lot.

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[–] Tallest_Skil 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The first step in stopping these CON ARTISTS is to stop posting stories about them.