Mars Needs Robots
I spent thirty-three years in
the marines, most of my time being a high-class muscle
man for big business, for Wall Street and the bankers.
In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism.- General
Smedley Butler, Marine
me go on record by stating we don't need manned flights
To being with, there's no reason to go there as we
will never be able to colonize the planet. And don't
THINK of terra-forming as we've already shown we're
incapable of taking care of the planet we've got.
Second, humans can't survive in the environment outside
the Van Allen belt. You can shield a spacecraft to
resist cosmic rays, maybe, but that will make the craft
very heavy, which is where the third
problem comes in.
Mars has very little atmosphere and if you don't have
atmosphere your parachute won't work very well. This
means we have to depend on retro-rockets to land a
spacecraft. But Mars has roughly three times more gravity
means more than three times as much force is necessary
to sustain a controlled landing ...in a much
larger and heavier spacecraft... falling towards the
planet at Mach 2.
The much better idea is to radically
increase NASA's space exploration budget so
that they can
afford to send large, sophisticated robots to other planets
instead of these miracles of miniaturization like Spirit
Ex-Texas Governor Bush was really gung-ho on the Mars program
back in 2004 but you don't hear him talk about it much about
it anymore. To him, it was just another way to funnel
dollars into useless programs designed entirely to enrich
his buddies in the procurement business. Exactly like the
Strategic Defense Initiative and the Iraq invasion.