Not much to say about this, really. I'm extremely interested in what develops with this project. Which of you would be willing to make this trip yourselves, at the present moment? Would living a full life on earth first have an impact on your decision? In other words, would we here be more likely to take this trip at 85 years of age, as opposed to 25 years of age? It's going to be different for each person, of course, but I'm curious as to what the opinions of the community are on this.
At the age of 20, or even 40, I would have jumped at the chance to go. I'm 72 now, and the bod' is not in good shape anymore, so the answer now is probably no.
However, even if I were younger, my signing-up to go would be conditional on the problem of radiation on the long trip there being solved 10 years from now. From what I've read, it's a rather large problem that may take longer than that to solve.
I personally think a 10 year timeline is somewhat unrealistic for the prospect of a manned space flight to Mars. The radiation is certainly something to consider - I'm not certain that they're even close to overcoming the problem of the required density for the craft, while still maintaining enough thrust to even leave our atmosphere.
I would never want to go to Mars. It's a desert. It has nothing to offer.
Manned space travel is limited.
There's a big universe out there and the best way to explore it is with telescopes.
On the bright side, though: it would be a fantastic place to pull up a lawn chair, pop a Corona and get some reading done. At least, it would be if the temperatures weren't such that you'd freeze to death in minutes during most of the year haha. Mid-day summer time on Mars, though - magnifique!
I wouldn't go, but I'd admire people who would.
Agreed, Mindy. I was shocked to see that one of the accepted applicants is a mere 21 years of age. I'd never be able to sacrifice everything that I would miss on earth in exchange for this opportunity, as incredible as it is.