ravener Posted June 6, 2014 Share Posted June 6, 2014 what is the reasons for going to mars?human spaceflight as we all know is hard, but most of us want us to spread our wings and become a multi body sosciety. what then differs between mars and the moon and in which cases would they be more suited than the other for colonization?the upsides of mars includes the abundance of important resources like water, methane and CO2. mars also has an atmosphere that allows for these to stay frozen without any serious problems.however there are also downsides, one of there being the prohibitively long transit times that will require ISS sized ships to accomodate any large ish amount of people, and that's just counting internals for storing food, water, purification/recyceling equipment, living quarters/ bunks, large scale CO2 scrubbers and everything else needed to sustain life.the moon is an alltogether different story. life on the moon is harsh, there is little in terms of resources to be had. you could make some interresting materials due to the vaccum, but nothing really that amazing. there is some water ice to be had, but nothing compared to mars. the little ice there is though, if we can get it, is very valuable. and there the great positive of colonizing the moon comes into play. getting there is doable, if not trivial compared to mars. yes we can reliably get to mars now, but the transit times to the moon is so short that a few blokes could just sit it out in a tin can. the infrastructure to live on the moon is much the same as that of mars, with one exception; landing and taking off on the moon compared to mars is trivially easy, with modern engines you could probbably do a SSTO and on the same tank of fuel land againin short the moon is great as an orbital fuel station to be used as a springboard to the solar system in adittion to gaining some experience in colonization. if we can colonize the moon we can probbably colonize mars. mars is something for the future where sustaining our fragile bodies no longer is a problem.this is just my bitcoin on this debatesorry if my english sucks a bit, i'm tired. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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