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Pescatore Adam Pescatore Wiens English 134 March 16, 2011 Mars. Let’s Go There. When the first colonists came to America, they were taking a great risk. The journey was extremely perilous, and the destination was alien to the pilgrims. They faced many difficulties at first, but surely enough, their human innovation lead to a thriving civilization rich with new culture and diversity integrated from all over the world. One small pilgrimage to a new land attracted people from all over the world to come and take part in a cultural extravaganza of new ideas and freedoms. Expansion tends to lead to discovery, freedom of ideas, and economic gain. There are countless frontiers in our history where people left their homes and settled elsewhere. This is how cultures are born. This is how new ideas are thought. In all frontiers where people are placed in a new environment, there becomes a necessity for innovation and adaptability to an environment in order for survival. On Mars, people will be far enough away from the rest of the world to work and develop independently. It will be a scientific utopia. It will most certainly bring about new ideas that could benefit the colonists, and also the rest of the world. Perhaps a Martian colonist will see a need for an invention to solve an immediate problem on Mars, and this invention, or idea becomes beneficial information or technology that can be shared with the rest of the world. This is what happened during the industrial revolution, and it can happen again. The benefits of such a frontier are undeniable, but some people are not in accordance with a settlement on Mars. To some, Mars is intimidating, or an unreasonable objective. Others believe that government money is better spent elsewhere, and that there are no immediate
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Pescatore benefits from a colony on another planet. I will address these barriers to show why a journey to Mars and further settlement is necessary for human survival. Mars does seem intimidating because it is so far away, but with current technology and a scientific understanding of the Martian terrain, it becomes a very feasible location for a human colony. Although its surface looks like a barren desert to the common observer, “Beneath its sands are oceans of water in the form of permafrost, enough in fact, if it were melted and Mars’ terrain were smoothed out, to cover the entire planet with an ocean several hundred meters deep” (Zubrin 29). Picture another planet with oceans just like ours. Everything humans need to survive can be reproduced in some form on Mars. In The Economic Viability of Mars Colonization, Robert Zubrin states that if the “Entire planet were covered with machines converting sunlight to electricity at a 30% efficiency, and all this energy is applied to releasing oxygen from metallic oxides, a 120 mbar(breathable by humans) could be created in about 30 years” (1). Humans should be working towards colonizing Mars and installing these machines
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