The Folly of a Mars Exploration
Mr. Alex Roland, former NASA historian just will not give up. In last Sunday’s editorial he makes the case for a manned mission to Mars, but gives all the reasons why it won’t be done, and only one reason why it would be valuable.
That reason is that if the scientific /space faring nations and aerospace industries would gather and band together to do this, it would be a great thing.
This is a fallacy. We know that the only thing we got out of the moon landings and spaced shuttle programs was to show off America’s technological superiority.
So now we know. We are the best on the block. So what?
Did this make anybody’s life easier?
Did it have any beneficial effect on the climate?
Are we applying the science so that we can live on this planet peacefully?
Mr. Roland admits that any exploration of Mars would be accomplished better and safer by robots.
His dream of co-operation will always be stalled by human perversity.
We dream about pie in the sky, but are not willing to fund the trip.
I have a better idea!
Why don’t we take about a trillion dollars from all the aerospace companies and space faring nations and try to save this planet?
That money would go a long way towards alleviating the immigrant problems of Europe and the Middle East.
It would help to develop clean energy so we could all breathe clean air in 2050.
Working to stop little wars would be nice also.
Unfortunately, mankind is not wired to do things rationally, but emotionally.
It is so uplifting to think that man can conquer the universe, or at least the local solar system, but facing the daunting messes made at home is too much.
We hide our eyes and revert to pretending it is not there or does not matter.
We read stories of fantasy on far far away galaxies, and pay money to see the heroes of a future science fiction world while our own dries up and crumbles away beneath our feet.