Why people should not colonize Mars: opinions of experts

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Elon Musk wants to bring humans to Mars. Professor Stephen Hawking can't wait to see when we find a new planet that will be able to call your new home. Space Agency NASA is developing an engine that would be able to afford to do it. But does the construction of a permanent base on the red planet is and that it will be worth all the effort and hopes that are all so lay?

"build a colony on Mars – is incredibly technically complex and incredibly expensive from a financial point of view, the problem" — said portal Futurism Aaron Ridley University of Michigan.

Scientists believe that despite the fact that Mars possesses enormous scientific interest, where construction of a permanent station will require a huge effort, and that in itself is a colony on the red planet will not solve such problems of the Earth as overpopulation.

"We want to go to the moon and Mars not due to population problems. We want to go there, because we are driven by the desire of research," — adds Ridley.

Amanda Hendrix, a senior researcher of the Institute of Planetological USA, shares the view Ridley about a permanent settlement on Mars.

"I Think Mars should really send people to check technology and scientific experiments, but only in the single visit. I'm not sure that the creation of the permanent settlement of Mars is a great idea. It would be extremely dangerous, if we consider the matter from the point of view of long-term effects of space radiation on the human body".

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Insane costs

One of the main obstacles standing in the way of the founding of the human colony on Mars, of course, is the money issue. Flight to Mars will be very expensive "pleasure", while promising methods and technologies that would reduce the cost of this project on the horizon is not observed.

"I think the next logical step for us in the issue of human space exploration will return to the moon or occasional flights to Mars. But the desire to stay there for a long time will require enormous financial costs" — said Hendricks, adding that space tourism is unlikely to provide a solution to this problem.

Chris McKay, a planetary scientist the Ames Research center of NASA, believes that the only reasonable from an economic point of view the motivation for founding a Martian colony will serve as the desire to establish a permanent public database, which, of course, understates the potential of use as a tourist base or as the mining company for the extraction of minerals.

"the Analogy here is an Antarctic base founded from 1955 to 1990. At this time, all the bases located in the Antarctic, under the Antarctic Treaty, in fact was considered as a closed scientific research. But after about 1990, there began to appear the tourism. Now in Antarctica, there are several tourist bases non-governmental, not engaged in scientific research."

The Base is a base on Mars will not make anyone richer, but only significantly complicate the issue of allocating financial resources to support such expensive projects. And yet, despite the fact that a full colony may not look the most reasonable solution for the further development of the space program, Mars still contains many secrets, the secret of which, of course, will have a positive development for our science.

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Mars is interesting, but the Moon closer

It is possible that the first permanent space base is established on the moon, not on Mars. However, despite the possible benefit to humanity from such a project, the majority still agrees with what Red planet looks more interesting goal even if that goal much harder to achieve.

"I agree that from a scientific point of view, the Mars looks more attractive," — said Ridley, adding that he understands that all this fuss around Mars now looks more like an attempt to jump over your head.

"I believe in the gradual approach of solving problems. Therefore, it would be more logical to start with the moon, and then to move to Mars."

"of Course, Mars is more interesting than the moon from the position of science" — agrees Mackay.

Explaining his choice, McKay identifies three of the main features possessed by the Red planet has no Moon: first, the issue of planetary geological processes and history of Mars is more like Earth; secondly, there is a possibility that it still lives; and third, the planet has the potential terraforming.

I Guess if we were ready for it, many likely would agree with what the Martian colony could become a priority target of the current programme of space research. Unfortunately, reality doesn't work like that. There are always tasks that have higher priority compared to others. And often without a solution to these problems is impossible to move ahead to the treasured purpose. And right now does not seem that the Martian settlement will be the best choice, which ought to spend their resources.

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