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Who Wants To Retire On Mars?

Aw shit it's that Joe Sleestak again!There’s some very interesting stuff going around this week, all about establishing permanent colonies on Mars — and to infinity, and beyond! — using the novel method of “one way missions.” The technology exists today, and the smart people behind companies such as Google are starting to say, “Okay, how much?”

The new issue of the Journal of Cosmology reports, in this paper:

It is important to realize that this is not a “suicide mission.” The astronauts would go to Mars with the intention of staying for the rest of their lives, as trailblazers of a permanent human Mars colony. They would be resupplied periodically from Earth, and eventually develop some “home grown” industry such as food production and mineral/chemical processing (Zubrin and Baker 1992; Zubrin and Wagner 1997). Their role would be to establish a “base camp” to which more colonists would eventually be sent, and to carry out important scientific and technological projects meanwhile.

Who wouldn’t want to do this? Of course there are those who always say, “Uhh, too hard, plus we have so many problems, on this whatever you call it, Earth?” But these people will soon drown in a lake of corn syrup and nacho “cheese sauce,” so let’s not worry about them. [Journal of Cosmology]

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41 comments

    1. JustPixelz

      It's perfect for them. No pesky laws. No socialism (except those resupply ships). Space Jeebus nearby in case of emergency.

      1. iburl

        Only the laws of physics, chemistry and biology that they will need to know and obey in order to survive, so yes, it's perfect for them. All Aboard the Teabag Space-Mayflower!!

        1. JMPEsq

          Except the teabaggers reject the laws of biology, and some the laws of physics too. Maybe they can use faith-based plans for survival.

  1. DCHatesMe

    White flight is genetic.

    "They would be resupplied periodically from Earth"

    Mars needs canned corn. Who's going to fund a billion dollar mission to supply munchies to lonely martian Tang addicts?

  2. Zvi_Bleindmeis

    Mars needs women, according to a classic documentary. Mars would also need gastroenterologists, personal trainers, nail technicians, life coaches, and certified financial planners, and eventually assisted living caregivers. I can't see it.

    1. JMPEsq

      Of course the folks at NASA would never consider it, but given that any mission to Mars would take several years at least, or in this case would be permanent, it would actually be a good idea to find some adventurous prostitute, or a slutty scientist who will agree to do things for the team, to join the mission.

  3. JustPixelz

    Most of the Americans are already planet sized so we may need to outsource our exodus to a skinnier population.

  4. Dr_pangloss

    It would be like going back to the pioneering days except high tech. If something broke you'd either have to jerryrig it on the spot or abandon it, even people. Sounds like fun.

    1. HistoriCat

      And just think of the future educational game – The Martian Trail

      "You have died from asphyxiation."

  5. One_who_wanders

    There has been plenty of relatively serious science fiction written about this kind colonization and possible hazards. I hope someone in charge has read them or at least a summary of them.

    Mars needs libertarians!

  6. Naked_Bunny

    I hope the Native Martians show the Martian colonists where to find air and water, like happened in America.

    1. CapeClod

      And the Native Martians will share with them the first Thanksgiving on Mars with a feast of dust and frozen carbon dioxide.

  7. natoslug

    Sign me up. I understand there are plenty of Amazon women from Mars, and DAMN, was Lynda Carter fine back in the day. I'm willing to live on canned corn and Tang for the rest of my life if I get to live it with Lynda and her Amazonians. They're all bi, right?

      1. natoslug

        I sometimes get my B movies mixed up. It looks like Amazon Women came from the moon, and Devil Women and Bad Girls came from Mars. I'll go sulk in the corner now, thanks.

  8. metamarcisf

    This is a break for many of our loyal overweight teabaggers. Just think, if you weigh 300 pounds on earth (before dinner), on Mars you will weigh just 111 pounds! This means your 220 lb fourteen year old will weigh only 81 lbs! When the first colonies are established, the first Taco Bells and Carls, Jr. won't be far behind.

  9. CapeClod

    "We're going to abandon you on a dead world by getting funding from large corporations who will make us do it as cheaply as possible."

    Hard to see a downside to that deal.

  10. SmutBoffin

    J. Cosmol. is where cranks publish made-up bullshit about outer space and stuff. This is not a serious proposal, Ken.

    1. Ken Layne

      No, not at all. That's why the director of NASA's Ames Research Center just announced their intention to do this mission, along with grants from DARPA and Washington to get going on the studies. And Larry Page (Google Gazillionaire) says he's in, if they can get the cost down from $10 billion.

      Just bullshit! Enjoy earth, forever.

  11. HistoriCat

    Pre-launch – "sure, we'll keep supplying you."
    Year 1 – "Sorry for the technical difficulties but we've resolved the issues and the supplies are on the way."
    Year 3 – "We're all having to tighten our belts this year, so your supplies may at less than optimal quantity and/or quality."
    Year 5 – "We've decided to cancel this project. Sorry. It's nothing personal just a business decision."

    1. JMPEsq

      "Well," said the Captain, picking his way through the words carefully, "I think as far as I can remember we were programmed to crash on it."

      "Crash?" shouted Ford and Arthur.

      "Er, yes," said the Captain, "yes, it's all part of the plan I think. There was a terribly good reason for it which I can't quite remember at the moment. It was something to with … er …"

      Ford exploded.

      "You're a load of useless bloody loonies!" he shouted.

      "Ah yes, that was it," beamed the Captain, "that was the reason."

    2. OCKerouac

      "Err. Sorry. The 59 Democratic senators who would vote to let you live were filabustered by one Republican who represents the 12 people still living in Wyoming. It's a shame you're all going to starve, but that's the price of freedom!"

  12. metamarcisf

    My girlfriend's a cosmotologist, and she never heard of this colonization plan. Are we sure this isn't a joke?

  13. chickensmack

    Maybe the participants will get nominated like Ehren did on Jackass… by repeatedly writing only their name on every ballot to be drawn out.

    Confirmed willing participants: Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. I heard them say so, I think.

    1. Sue4466

      More reassuring words were never spoken.

      "Eat at Lucky's. Not a suicide mission."

      "Podunk Airlines. You won't ever see your family again. But it's not a suicide mission."

      I think it's going to catch on.

  14. Mindblank

    Bad plan. The earthling invasion of Mars will fail when a germ kills all the colonists in an ironic twist or something.

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