Professors Ask "Are We There Yet?" On Martian Colonization Missions (RT @SpaceFellowship)

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Thu, Oct 21st, 2010 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Dirk Schulze-Makuch, a Washington State University associate professor, and Paul Davies, a physicist and cosmologist from Arizona State University, are urging for one-way trips to Mars in order to establish a permanent human presence on the red planet.

In their recently published article in the Journal of Cosmology, titled To Boldly Go: A One-Way Human Mission to Mars, they explain that this isn't a side-effect of watching one-too-many Star Trek marathons, but that Mars is, by far, the most promising for sustained colonization and development due to its similar aspects to Earth.

The authors compare the volunteer cosmonauts going for these one-way trips to Mars to the first white settlers of the North American continent, who left Europe with little expectation of return.

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