I just noticed that this blog is turning into a link fest. Ugh. Sorry, folks. I thought I’d begin to remedy that with an annotated quote from one of my favorite authors on the web: Warren Ellis. Warren says:
I believe that exploration is necessary to the human spirit. But even if you donâ€™t share that particular delusion, I think most people would agree that any kind of extinction is bad. Except maybe for dogs.
Mars is the best local option for setting up a colony and, eventually, a second life for humanity. Itâ€™s a bit of a crap option: no magnetic field to speak of, cold as hell, and currently no guarantees of usable water. But Venus is a shithole, Mercuryâ€™s a suicide trip and the Jovian system is a radiation trap. Forget everything you heard about asteroid habitats, itâ€™s bullshit. Right now, itâ€™s Mars or an extrasolar planet, and an exoplanet is going to stay out of our reach, barring a dramatic breakthrough in propulsion engineering, for at least fifty years.
It’s a valid point. You rarely hear how it’s the ONLY option in our system on which it’s possible for us to land and live. Your thoughts?