Good Planets Are Hard to Find
I hear that NASA is now getting ready to mount an expedition to Mars. Its going to cost trillions, take a small group of people away from the only place that we know of in the universe that not only has life, but may in fact, harbour all the life in the universe. And it’s going to take years and has a good probability that they may never return.
Meanwhile, back here on Earth, wars, pestilence, climate change, over population and a host of apocalyptic problems plague and beg for solution.
Why are we going, I ask? Why are we going to put a handful of people in a glorified tin can, risk cosmic radiation, solar flares, insanity, loneliness to voyage to a planet that may once have had oceans and water and atmosphere resembling ours, but has done without for perhaps three billion years? The answer I hear is this. We need a second planet to live on. Now, in my mind, this answer is so absurd, that I really do need to ask, “What planet are you from?!”
Here we have a perfectly good planet, one that has harboured and kept safely and continuously all the life we know of for some four billion years. Its much worse for wear and tear than it used to be, because of us, but its still a home where we can, if we want, make into a Garden of Eden.
And does anyone really believe that we would make a destitute rock, cold and distant, a livable home, while at the same time we trash and slash and burn the only home we have ever known. All in the name of survivabilty.
Really folks, if we really were searching for information and understanding wouldn’t it be easier and cheaper by far to send robotic spaceships and rovers, rather than trying to take human habitat with us across the frozen abyss between us and the planets? I mean, we have learned so much in the past 50 years from Voyageur et al without risking life and limb. And how much science have we really learned from all the Shuttle missions. Let’s refocus and haul our planetary egos back to Earth. Let the machines and computers do the travelling and let’s spend our money fixing the massive damage we have already done to what truly is a unique planet and the only home we have.
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