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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:48 am    Post subject: Manned Mission to Mars: 2018 Reply with quote

In 2018, Earth and Mars orbits will align in such a way that you can launch a ship to Mars, and get a free return (don't need any fuel to get back) in just over 500 days. This happens about every 15 years.

The Inspiration Mars foundation was just founded with the goal of sending two people to Mars and back (orbiting, not landing) in 2018. They have also published a feasibility report, and are looking for candidates/volunteers to take the trip.

Would you go?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I were single I would.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would I want to be in space for a year and a half? Absolutely not. I'd lose my mind.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What the

hell yes I would go.

Signing up right nowy. how/where
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

things to consider:

1. You will spend 500 days in a 12'x'12'x18' box with no windows. With another person.

2. You will only be able to eat freeze dried food, and will have limited, recycled water. No showers.

3. There will be limited communication with Earth. A one way communication from Earth to Mars takes about 20 minutes. Only vital commands will be able to issued, and to get a response you will need to wait about 45 minutes each time.

4. You will be exposed to enough radiation where you will not be able to have children, and you will almost assuredly die prematurely from cancer at some point. Nobody knows how that much radiation over that long of a timeframe will affect a person.

5. You will lose enough bone/muscle mass during the trip where the landing back on Earth will severely cripple, if not kill you. You may never be able to walk again and will need to spend months in a hospital once you return.

6. To launch to Mars you will be strapped to the largest rocket ever built, probably one that has only been tested a few times. This is a private mission, not a priority NASA mission with billions of dollars in funding and decades of planning.

7. Due to weight/volume constraints only mission-critical and life support devices will be able to be brought. No entertainment or comforts, only the bare minimum to support human life for 500 days.

8. The next 5 years of your life will need to be dedicated to nothing but training and physically preparing for the mission. You will need to withstand 8+ G-forces on take-off/landing, have absolutely no motion sickness issues, and be able to sleep/work for 500 days in unpleasant conditions.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ServantofYHWH wrote:
If I were single I would.

they are actually looking for a middle aged couple who has already had kids (since it is probably a one way mission, and if they do come back they will not be able to have kids).
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[UMN] wrote:
ServantofYHWH wrote:
If I were single I would.

they are actually looking for a middle aged couple who has already had kids (since it is probably a one way mission, and if they do come back they will not be able to have kids).
A one way trip? Who would do that?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bohlmann20 wrote:
[UMN] wrote:
ServantofYHWH wrote:
If I were single I would.

they are actually looking for a middle aged couple who has already had kids (since it is probably a one way mission, and if they do come back they will not be able to have kids).
A one way trip? Who would do that?

lots of people.

back when the first missions to the south pole were getting started around 1900(?), they advertised it as a 3-5 year mission in -40 degree weather, they will probably run out of food, and they probably wouldn't make it back. they had tons of volunteers.

being able to go down in history as a pioneer and go somewhere that nobody has been before is a powerful attraction to a lot of people.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just orbiting??? Hell, if I'm taking the time to go out there, I'M LANDING ON MARS.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[UMN] wrote:
things to consider:

4. You will be exposed to enough radiation where you will not be able to have children, and you will almost assuredly die prematurely from cancer at some point. Nobody knows how that much radiation over that long of a timeframe will affect a person.

5. You will lose enough bone/muscle mass during the trip where the landing back on Earth will severely cripple, if not kill you. You may never be able to walk again and will need to spend months in a hospital once you return.


Oh.

Well nvm.

Is it at least paid?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[UMN] wrote:
ServantofYHWH wrote:
If I were single I would.

they are actually looking for a middle aged couple who has already had kids (since it is probably a one way mission, and if they do come back they will not be able to have kids).


That makes sense for them and all but I don't want to kill my wife by bringing her on a ridiculously dangerous mission to mars with me.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[UMN] wrote:
things to consider:

4. You will be exposed to enough radiation where you will not be able to have children, and you will almost assuredly die prematurely from cancer at some point. Nobody knows how that much radiation over that long of a timeframe will affect a person.

5. You will lose enough bone/muscle mass during the trip where the landing back on Earth will severely cripple, if not kill you. You may never be able to walk again and will need to spend months in a hospital once you return


Oh. Well....damn.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd be the first human to travel to another planet. Hell yes I'd do it. Even with those problems.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

8+ G's??

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[UMN] wrote:
5. You will lose enough bone/muscle mass during the trip where the landing back on Earth will severely cripple, if not kill you. You may never be able to walk again and will need to spend months in a hospital once you return.


Yeaaahhhhh.....

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