Getting to the planet Mars took about 7-8 months with the Perseverance Rover which landed there on Mars a couple of days ago .
7-8 months would make for a very long road trip in the family car with the kids yelling from the back “Are We There Yet?”.
Truth is, it is the kids who we are making the trip for. They will take over the explorations and evaluations of the Red Planet and they will reap the benefits for their future and pass on for the future of their children.
But humans traveling to Mars is but one challenge we must encounter. These challenges include but definitely not limited to, issues of reproduction, with the atmosphere as it is, radiation and dwellings (homes) and what are they going to eat and drink on the planet for those to be born there.
Would those Mars-born children be able to come to earth without having been exposed to our microbial pathogens and other creepy crawly things our earth-born bodies have had the opportunity to create immunities (with or without vaccines) against over time and taken for granted.
Well let’s not slam on the space-brakes just yet just because of some unsolved ( let alone untested)problems.
It’s like going to another country here on earth. We can bring sunscreen to protect us from the sun but what about the germs we could ingest on our visit abroad that could (and most likely will) cause a violent abdominal rejection that the local residents have grown accustomed to.
This was commonplace to the troops ( including myself) deployed to places like Turkey during different Desert Wars and it was laughed off as it was known as “The Turkey Trots”. It usually went away soon but in some cases it could hit a sever level (like a friend of mine) and cause hospitalization for weeks.
All that to say, we are living in a fabulous time in history and we are embracing our future of space exploration more and more. Investing in the Space Race may become essential for survival for us all.
Earthlings are realizing we need backup plans and by reaching out into space gives hope to our own future. We also know the more we unit and pool our resources together with other countries we can achieve our goals and aspirations faster.
Space Exploration is interesting as an option until it becomes essential to our survival.
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