All in Mars Isn't Earth 2.0
For all the hype surrounding crewed missions to Mars, and blind technological optimism that we already have all the tech we need to get people there and back safely; the reality is, we’re not ready yet. Reusable rockets, faster travel times, ISRU propellant.. it’s all wheel spinning if we can’t actually protect the crew en route, and back. The most important vessel is the human body; and it evolved on this planet, not in the extraordinarily hostile environments beyond our protective magnetic field (of which no human has ever been). Expect SpaceX (or whoever) will be going to Mars in 2024? Don’t count on it.
Absolute language when it comes to claims of an ancient ocean on Mars are made outside the spirit of science. Mars is a fascinating planet that hosts reservoirs of frozen, and possibly subsurface liquid water at times, and has the ingredients to have hosted, and continue to host single-celled sub-surface lifeforms. This blog aims to provide a more honest account of what we know so far of Mars’ water (past and present), and hopes to expose the dishonesty of absolute language when it comes to making extraordinary claims about Mars’ deep past. The public deserves to know what the science is showing us, not what some scientists want to show us through the rose-colored lens of partial-truths. Especially given the fact, that much of the science being done on Mars is funded by the public.
Mars may be "Earth-like" in some ways, but in others, it's significantly unique. Evidence suggests Mars was and remains a protoplanetary embryo, born and raised in a material-starved region of our solar system.... thaaaaanks Jupiter.
Irony is when a species that has caused global environmental deterioration on their home planet, wants to flee to another planet out of some misplaced sense of self-preservation. I'm just sayin'...
As I've always said, I'm all for going to Mars. But it seems to me everyone is putting all their efforts into just getting there, without putting much effort into keeping the people that would be going safe. The fast-paced, hurry-to-be-first approachES being taken by organizations, companies, and individuals is both naive and dangerous.
I'm all for going to Mars. But the idea that it's the most Earth-like place in the solar system isn't necessarily true. It takes more than a barren landscape and fluvial features (most of which I think are aeolian in nature) to make an environment "Earth like".