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Why Mars? (1)

godel_56 (1287256) | about 2 years ago | (#41394161)

WTF is the obsession with Mars?

It seems to me that the moon is a much better short term target. As well as being much closer and easier to get to (and back), there is the prospect of materials to mine, and hence some prospect of an economic return.

If we do want to go on to mars, our astronauts will need a shit-load of radiation shielding, something that is often neglected in discussion of Mars missions. At least the moon could provide a cheap source of materials for radiation shielding and fuel (water).

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