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Imagine yourself living on another planet as part of a small colony, gazing out over large mountainous rock formations and traversing large open fields red dirt and clay, virtually starting a new life in a land foreign in practically almost every way, living a life much similar to that of the first settlers to explore North America back in the 1700’s. That’s what Associate Professor Dirk Schulze-Makuch of Washington State University and his colleague Paul Davies proposed in there article "To Boldly Go: A One-Way Human Mission to Mars" which was published in the Journal of Cosmology, known for its leading science news.

In their article they stated that while a human mission to Mars is technologically feasible, it would be costly and would require enormous financial and political commitments. The financial costs of fuel and resources for NASA’s space flights are extremely expensive and while we may have the technology to go to and fro, the cost would be problematic. The two professors propose that due to the lack of expenses needed to fund a two-way manned mission to mars that a long-term one-way manned mission to Mars would prove to be more satisfactory.

By setting up a one-way manned mission to Mars, expenditures are nearly cut in half. You would need only enough fuel to go one-way and the cost for nutrients, resources and food to last two to four people for about 2 years. As a byproduct, this would mark the beginning of long-term human colonization of the planet.

“Of course, the life expectancy of the astronauts would be substantially reduced, but that would also be the case for a return mission,” said Paul Davies in the article. “On the financial front, abandoning the need to send the fuel and supplies for the return journey would cut costs dramatically, arguably by about 80 percent. Furthermore, once a Mars base has been established, it would be politically much easier to find the funding for sustaining it over the long term than to mount a hugely expensive return mission.”

Schulze-Makuch and Davies propose that four astronauts would be sent on a one-way shuttle to Mars and would be periodically refueled by Earth being supplied with tools, fuel, food, nutrients and other necessities. Whilst planet-side, the astronauts would set up a colony space hub to carry out research and mine for local minerals and nutrients, eventually becoming self-sufficient. Utilizing local minerals and resources, the food and fuel sent from Earth, and possibly even creating “home grown” nutrients, the colony would eventually become a stepping stone in a large movement of space exploration and planetary colonization.

Even this humble writer bringing you your leading science news is tempted to “boldly go” to that crimson neighbor of ours in the spirit of scientific advancement and the human love for adventure. As Socrates once said “Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world.

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