News Reality

Why Mars? An Introduction To A 10-Part Series On Sending Humans To Mars

by www.huffingtonpost.com

Momentum is steadily and inexorably building toward sending human missions to Mars beginning in the 2030s. While this goal has been an integral part of United States space policy over the past fifty years, the reality of achieving that goal has always seemed so very far in the future. Recently, however, a critical mass of support, technical progress, and scientific momentum has coalesced that may very well finally propel humanity to the Red Planet.

Mars has been the subject of a great deal of media coverage in recent years, with frequent images and scientific updates coming from various United States and international Mars robotic missions. Hollywood has also been drumming the Mars beat, with movies such as The Martian, as well as the upcoming six part National Geographic series, Mars, and the feature film The Space Between Us (with more to come).

As for policy, Congress has included Mars in multiple authorization bills ? and the Senate is currently moving forward with a Transition Authorization bill that contains the most comprehensive language in support of Mars exploration ever to appear in a major bill.

NASA has also embraced this goal, with its Journey to Mars program, and last October it also held its first workshop to investigate potential landing sites for the first human explorers. Industry has also jumped on the bandwagon, with companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Aerojet Rocketdyne having released their own proposals as to how to send humans to Mars – and in late September SpaceX joined the chorus when it announced its own ambitious plans.

Recent polls have also shown overwhelming public support for this goal.  Yet, some people still ask Why? Why should we take the time and spend taxpayer dollars? Some even ask why should we take the risks inherent in any space mission ? let alone missions to a planet millions of miles away?

History teaches us that ambitious exploration and innovation projects of this kind have always tended to benefit humanity.

Unfortunately, much misinformation has been disseminated claiming that such missions would cost upwards of $1 trillion.  In reality, none of the current credible plans would require anywhere close to that amount, and in fact they would require far less. (To put this in perspective, all NASA budgets combined since 1958 don’t come close to totaling $1 trillion – even with adjusted dollars).

Others ask why we should send humans to Mars when there are problems here on Earth that need to be addressed; but history teaches us that ambitious exploration and innovation projects of this kind have always tended to benefit humanity. Our home world will undoubtedly end up far worse off if we don’t engage in such ambitious missions that will improve life on Earth.

To better answer the question why (and how) we should send humans to Mars, we are launching a series of op-eds for the next 10-12 weeks from prominent individuals from a variety disciplines to answer the question “Why Mars?’ from the perspective of (in no particular order) –

1) Scientist

2) Astronaut

3) Policy Expert

4) Student

5) International Representative 

6) Mission Architect 

7) STEM professional 

8) Innovator/Entrepreneur 

9) Medical/Psychological professional

10) Science Fiction author

11) Celebrity

The United States – including government, industry, academia, and the general public ? and our international partners are on the verge of moving forward with one of the most significant and awe-inspiring endeavors in human history. There are many compelling reasons why we should undertake this great journey. Over the next several weeks, you will read perspectives from prominent people in the United States and in Europe, each explaining their own visions of why we should explore Mars.

This piece is part of a special op-ed series, curated in partnership with Explore Mars, in which contributors from diverse fields such as science, education, policy, business and culture answer a simple question: “Why Mars?” For more, follow the links below or visit exploremars.org.

type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Why Mars? + articlesList=57fd0308e4b0b6a430359448

-- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.


Read Full Article On www.huffingtonpost.com
Latest
The Pokémon Company just announced the special items it will be gifting “Pokémon Sun and Moon” players as part of the upcoming Battle Competition. Apparently, players who will be joining the in-game
function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commer
YouTube's post presents some factoids grappling with that milestone: watching a billion hours yourself would take over 100,000 years.
Companies need operational excellence over their security. By getting the tedious and simple stuff right, you can do the more advanced stuff much better and reduce risks. Process and routine might see
Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Mittal has termed the tariffs announced by Reliance Jio as unsustainable. Speaking to select media on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress, Mittal said the situa...
International organisations of all sizes are looking for the most effective ways of safeguarding confidential data.
A neural network, called DeepCoder, has learnt how to write programs without a prior knowledge of code.
Tata Sons has put an end to a dispute that had arisen with NTT DoCoMo by withdrawing its objection to the enforcement of an award by London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). "As a ge...
Google announced four new games for its Daydream VR platform at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco Monday. The games are a part of the company’s lineup for the platform and are expected
Mahershala Ali won the Oscar on Sunday for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a Miami drug dealer named Juan in “Moonlight,” and he credits his role as Remy Danton in “House of Cards” for helping
"Ten to twenty years from now all the video you view is going to be on the Internet," he said at the Mobile World Congress.
A small plane crashed onto two houses in Riverside, California, Monday, killing three people and injuring two others, according to reports. The aircraft, reported to be a Cessna 310, was heading to S
President Donald Trump has curtailed his Twitter use in recent few days, ahead of his first address to both houses of Congress Tuesday, Associated Press reported Monday. Trump has apparently reduced
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Cyber attackers have stolen basic personal data from about 850 Singapore national servicemen and employees in a possible attempt to access official secrets, the Defence Ministry
Barcelona is playing host to Mobile World Congress this year
Data socialization is a new buzz word in the big data and analytics scene, but what does it really mean and what can data democratization learn from social media?
"We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year," said a statement.
HONG KONG/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Staff at China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] are bracing for possible jobs cuts after internal memos highlighted intense pressure to improve earnings and an exe
The Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, sent a puppy strapped with explosives to Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), according to a video released by the militia. This appears to be to fir
It might be too soon to have Jane Gloriana Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) fall in love again. After all, in fans’ minds, her husband Michael Cordero (Brett Dier) died just a few weeks ago. But in the sh
Lenovo unveiled two new laptops Yoga 720 and Yoga 520 at the Mobile World Congress 2017 (MWC 2017) in Barcelona, Spain. In a first for the Yoga series convertibles, Lenovo has introduced fingerprint
“Beauty and the Beast” fans have already seen Belle (Emma Watson) perform her self-titled song in a teaser trailer. This time around, the spotlight is on Gaston (Luke Evans) and his ever-loyal sideki
Final results of investigation to be announced March 6
Ecommerce marketplace ShopClues has made two new senior level appointments in its marketing and HR division. The company has hired Harneet Singh as Vice-President and Head Marketing and Babu Vittal a
Spraybot can fit under floorboards to help insulate homes.
It’s no secret that “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star Kylie Jenner is obsessed with her lips. Her obsession really shows, since almost every picture she posts on social media showcases her trade
The number of hours people spend watching videos on YouTube have picked up drastically in recent years. On Monday, the company posted on its blog that people were now watching a billion hours of vide
Ham radio operators say their frequencies are increasingly getting a harsh buzz from a component of the indoor lamps used to grow pot
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung SDI Co Ltd said on Tuesday that Jun Young-hyun, the head of memory business at Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, has been chosen as its new CEO.
A Maryland woman, Angelica Ivania Barahona-Rivas, 18, was reported missing Saturday after leaving her job at a restaurant in Gaithersburg, a city in Montgomery County, the Montgomery County Police De
Mariah Carey just came to her ex-husband’s defense. The controversial diva made an official statement about the rumors the media is spreading about her relationship with Nick Cannon as co-parents of
Radhakishan Damani promoted- Avenue Supermarts, the owner and operator of supermarket retail chain D-Mart, is set to raise Rs 1,810-Rs 1,866 crore by offering 6.23 crore shares priced between Rs 290
Predictive outbound hiring platform provider Belong today announced it has raised USD 10 million in a Series B funding (second strategic round) led by Sequoia Capital India. Existing investor Matr...
The follow-up to Jaybird's well-received X2s are available in Australia as of today for $199.95

Recent News

Does Cyber Security Have An Operational Excellence Problem?

Companies need operational excellence over their security. By getting the tedious and simple stuff right, you can do the more advanced stuff much better and reduce risks. Process and routine might see
Read Full Article

BSE Smallcap index hits fresh 9-year high

TTML, TRF, Tata Metaliks and Tata Sponge from Tata Group have rallied between 5% and 20% on the BSE
Read Full Article

HPCL tanks 5% on reports ONGC may acquire it in Rs 44,000 crore deal

BPCL also slipped nearly 3% to Rs 670, while ONGC was trading flat at Rs 194
Read Full Article

Coronation Street: Shona's true identity and her link to the Platt family finally revealed after this clue?

The new Weatherfield resident initially raised eyebrows when she visited Kylie Platt's grave leaving viewers wondering why she was there and whether she was linked to the late character in any way.
Read Full Article

Oscar-winning La La Land 'heading to London's West End': 'It was made for the stage and it will happen'

La La Land is being turned into a West End stage production [Lionsgate] That is according to Sonia Friedman, a theatre producer, who confirmed that the Oscar-winning film is being developed for th
Read Full Article

Sensex trading flat ahead of GDP data

Bharti Airtel, M&M, Asian Paints rise by up to 2%
Read Full Article

Saudi sees oil prices at $60 as good level to encourage investment

Also, OPEC believes that this will not encourage that big an increase in shale output
Read Full Article

Idea stock falls on Providence EP stake sale buzz

Shares of Idea Cellular fell by 6.5 per cent today following reports that Providence Equity Partners is likely to exit the telecom firm by selling its 3.33 per cent stake for about Rs 1,200 crore. ..
Read Full Article

Birchall Blackburn Law turnover surpasses £16m

The firm is looking to continue investing in its people throughout 2017 with plans to create nine new jobs and offer two training contracts.
Read Full Article

Popular Finance

States on board for July 1 GST roll out: Shaktikanta Das

The much-awaited Goods and Services Tax (GST) is all set to be implemented by the stated deadline of July 1 as all states have agreed, reports CNBC-TV18 quoting Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikant
Read Full Article

EXCLUSIVE: FDI norms may be eased for multi-brand retail, commodity markets

As reported in Moneycontrol on Monday, the government may allow limited sale of beauty and personal care products in global giants' food retail outlets as part of plans to ease rules for multination
Read Full Article

Brokerage CLSA shuts US equity research; plans fixed-income launch

(Reuters) - Hong Kong-based brokerage CLSA will halve its U.S. headcount by shutting its equity research services, as declining payments prompt it to make an about-turn from its recent measures to...
Read Full Article
 

As a delivery driver do I have rights in the gig economy?

Are you tempted by the flexibility and convenience of the gig economy? Here, a solicitor explains what you need to consider before you take a job that pays on a gig basis.
Read Full Article
 

Your travel insurance may not pay out for cruise holidays

Of the 878 single policies on the market, only 35 per cent include cruise cover as standard. Of the 906 annual policies only 40 per cent, will cover those going on cruise holidays.
Read Full Article

India should cut corporate tax, go for inheritance levy: OECD

In its Economic Survey of India, the OECD said comprehensive tax reforms, especially the goods and services tax, "would lift all boats" and raise revenue helping the government effectively deal with
Read Full Article
 

Under-18s heading to South Africa need birth certificate

A family claims a travel agent's blunder forced them to buy new flights costing £5,000 after they fell foul of a law requiring under-18s heading to South Africa to have birth certificates with them.
Read Full Article
 

If I move energy providers will I need a new smart meter? 

My smart meter was installed by Ovo to end estimated energy bills but what happens if we move suppliers? Will it work with our new provider?
Read Full Article

Trump's day in tweets: Monday, Feb. 27

Everything President Trump has tweeted (and what it was about) Feb. 27, 2017, 10:36 p.m. His tweets have the power to shape international relations, send stock prices up - or down - and galvanize
Read Full Article