DEAR ELON -LIFE ON MARS
Since the dawn of time we have wondered and pondered if there was life on Mars or not. But Life on Mars cant be better than Life on Earth. This is a fantastic planet to live on. And we know now that life on Mars would be pretty terrible. If at all possible. A temperature that is like living in the South Pole at minus 65 degrees, an atmosphere thats unbreathable and weather that is unbearable. So why bother?
Why spend all your time , energy and money on creating a bubble ? Its would be like staying at home forever. Breathing artificial air. And besides, even if you were to get there on rocket fuel… and get back…on rocket fuel…and even if you were to somehow build a city on Mars one day… what kind of society would it be? And what would those children dream on that lonely rock of dust and radiation? No. Life on MARS would be pretty terrible indeed. No flowers expect the ones grown in a greenhouse. No fresh air to breathe. No seawater beach to swim and no freedom at all beyond a spacesuit and a dome.
An interplanetary species. Sounds good. But what fool would swap this beautiful Earth for the sands of Mars. A frozen desert. If you want to go to Mars … go to the South Pole or better still ..go to Wadi Rum and live in a glass dome and pretend the red sand is Mars. But even then … both places one extremely cold and one extremely hot ..is still better than living on Mars.
The challenge you ask yourself. Yes, theres always that. And to get there and back and beyond… to carry one millions of resources to Mars you would have to build a nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) engine and fit it in on the International Space Station because its too dangerous to test and fly a spacecraft from Earth. Not unless you could safely crash it and the radiation fission could be contained on impact. No. I submit to you that rather than living on Mars… its better to live on the Moon and gaze at Earth in the distance. You could of course build a spacecraft carrier like an aircraft carrier and use it like an elevator to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) or at a safe altitude and launch 4 craft at a time. To the moon.
It makes sense to build a station on the moon and use the zero gravity to make tests and experiments with new technology. Colonising Mars before colonizing the Moon is not only risky its a nonsense. In truth if you go to Mars it should be on a one way ticket. Until we manage to safetly utilise this new technology from Earth or from the Moon or LEO it makes no logical sense to use propellant to create a Mars station. But I think you already know that.
As for the perpetuation of the human species, we have more chance of doing it on the Moon than on Mars.
We know there isnt life on Mars. There may be water. But we simply do not know. Building a Moon station first and launching into deep space from there makes more sense.
As for living on Mars in a dome… we haven’t even got it right on Earth yet. You could of course become a citizen of the United Freeland of Eclectica on the Antartica in what is known as Mary Byrd land.. and build your Mars colony now.
If we are going to save humankind we have to learn to live together first on Earth. And the Antartica is probably the closest to living on Mars…on Earth.
Until you perfect NTP colonising Mars is a non starter. Earth is still the most beautiful planet in the universe. If its a simulation or its a biological computer then the code cant get much better than it already is. Sometimes we human beings are hard to live with, but there’s an old saying…
“the only truth you take to the mountain is the truth you carry with you!”
We all need to deal with our baggage in the here and now.
For me, I will travel throughout the poly-verses in my chronogenesis machine and build my human telescope in the here and now… because in my world I don’t need Spacex to travel to the stars. Life on Earth isn’t that bad after all!
Take care…have fun… see you on the other side!
President of ICON (the Intergalactic Confederation of Nations )
Vega -Lyra Constellation.