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Why Humanity's Survival May Depend on Colonizing Mars

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by EF-Roger, Oct 17, 2015.

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  1. EF-Roger

    EF-Roger Member

    After decades of space exploration and countless movies on the subject, why exactly does Mars continue to inspire such high levels of cultural and scientific fascination?

    Both the red planet and NASA are coasting on a wave of newfound popularity, taking center stage in big-budget Hollywood productions. Whether by coincidence or design, the favorable treatment of NASA by Tinseltown comes at a time when the space agency recently discovered evidence for flowing water on Mars, and last week openly declared colonizing the planet within the next 20 years "an achievable goal." And at least a few scientists think the survival of humanity may hinge on finding a new, hospitable planet to colonize.

    Just a few years ago, NASA critics and even some supporters were openly questioning whether the Mars science laboratory was worth its $2.5 billion price tag.

    Read more http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/innovation/why-humanitys-survival-may-depend-colonizing-mars-n446196

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