Why is the Colonization of Mars Important?

Why is the Colonization of Mars Important?

There is no secret that humans want to colonize Mars and colonization of Mars is one of most prevalent themes in science fiction.

The surface conditions of Mars and past presence of liquid water make it the most hospitable planet in the Solar System besides Earth. Other than Venus, Mars requires less energy per unit mass to reach from Earth than any planet.

But why is it so important?

  • As technology advances, and concerns about humanity’s future on Earth increase, arguments favoring space colonization gain momentum.
  • The other reason is that for colonizing space include economic interests, long-term scientific research best carried out by humans as opposed to robotic probes, and sheer curiosity.
  • In Elon Musk’s opinion humans must highlight the colonization of Mars so the species can be conserved in the event of a third world war. “If there’s a third world war we want to make sure there’s enough of a seed of human civilization somewhere else to bring it back and shorten the length of the dark ages,” Musk added.

According to Wikipedia “both private and public organizations have made commitments to researching the viability of long-term colonization efforts and to taking steps toward a permanent human presence on Mars. Space agencies engaged in research or mission planning include NASA, ESA, Roscosmos, Indian Space Research Organisation and the China National Space Administration, as well as private organizations such as SpaceX, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing”.

“It’s important to get a self-sustaining base on Mars because it’s far enough away from earth that [in the event of a war] it’s more likely to survive than a moon base,” Musk said on stage at SXSW – just days after Donald Trump announced plans to meet the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, in an attempt to defuse rising nuclear tension.

Source: Wikipedia, www.theguardian.com

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