Dr Robert Zubrin Answered That Why Send Humans To Mars

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Dr Robert Zubrin Answered That Why Send Humans To Mars

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[Dr Robert Zubrin Answered That Why Send Humans To Mars]

[Audience member:] Source: LYBIO.net
So, when you originally started talking you mentioned that you were going address the ‘why’ of going to Mars but you never actually mentioned anything about that in your talk.

[Dr. Robert Zubrin (Founder and President, Mars Society):]
Alright.

[Audience member:]
Could you go over that?

[Dr. Robert Zubrin:] Source: LYBIO.net
Sure. OK, as I see it there’s three reasons why Mars should be the goal of our space program. And in short it’s because Mars is where the science is. It’s where the challenge is. And it’s where the future is.

It’s where the science is because Mars, OK, it was once a warm and wet planet. It had liquid water on it’s surface for more than a billion years which is about five times as long as it took life to appear on Earth after there was liquid water here.

So, if the theory is correct that life is a natural development from chemistry or if you have liquid water, various elements and sufficient time life should’ve appeared on Mars even if it subsequently went extinct.

And if we can go to Mars and find fossils of past life we’ll have proven the development of life is a general phenomenon in the universe.

OK, or alternatively if we go to Mars and find plenty of evidence of past bodies of water but no evidence of fossils of development of life that could say that the development of life from chemistry is not sort of ah, a natural process that occurs with probability but includes elements of free chance and we could be alone in the universe.

Furthermore if we can go to Mars and drill ’cause there’s liquid water underground on Mars, reach the ground water, there could be life there now. And if we can get hold of that and look at it and examine its biological structure and biochemistry we could find out if life as it exists on Mars is the same as Earth life ’cause all Earth life at the biochemical level is the same. We all use the same amino acids, the same method of replicating and transmitting information, RNA and DNA and all that.

Is that what life has to be?

Or could life be very different from that?

Are we what life is or are we just one example drawn from a much vaster tapestry of possibilities?

This is real science.

This is fundamental questions that thinking men and women have wondered about for thousands of years, the role of life in the universe.

This is very different from going to the moon and dating craters and in order to produce enough data to get a credible paper to publish in the Journal of Geophysical Research and get tenure. OK, the, the um, OK, um, this is, this is, you know, hypothesis driven critical science.

This is the real thing.

Second, the challenge. OK, you know, I, I think societies are like individuals. We grow and we challenge ourselves. We stagnate where we do not. Humans to Mars Program would be a tremendously bracing challenge for our society, would be tremendously productive particularly among youth.

OK, Humans to Mars Program would say to every kid in school today learn your science and you could be an explorer of a new world.

We’d get millions of scientists, engineers, inventors, technological entrepreneurs, doctors, medical researchers outta that. And the, the intellectual capital from that would enormously benefit us. It would dwarf the cost of the program.

And then finally it’s the future.

Mars is the closest planet that has on it all the resources needed to support life and therefore civilization.

If we do what we can do in our time, we establish that little Plymouth Rock settlement on Mars then, five hundred years from now, they’ll be new branches of human civilization on Mars and I believe throughout nearby interstellar space.

But you know, look – I ask any American what happened in 1492? They’ll tell me, “Well Columbus sailed in 1492,” and that is correct, he did.

But that is not the only thing that happened in 1492.
In 1492, England and France signed a Peace Treaty. In 1492, the Borgias took over the papacy. In 1492, Lorenzo De’Medici, the richest man in the world, died.

Ok? A lot of things happened, if there had been newspapers in 1492, which there weren’t, but if there had, those would have been the headlines, not this Italian weaver’s son taking a bunch of ships and sailing off to nowhere, ok?

But – but Columbus is what we remember, not the Borgias taking over the papacy. Ok.

Well, 500 years from now, people are not going to remember which faction came out on top in Iraq, or Syria, or whatever, the – the – the – and who was in and who was out and you know….but they will remember what we do to make their civilization possible, ok?

[Dr. Robert Zubrin:] Source: LYBIO.net
So this is the most important thing we could do, the most important thing we could do in this time, and if you have it in your power to do something great and important and wonderful, then you should.

Dr Robert Zubrin Answered That Why Send Humans To Mars

Dr Robert Zubrin Answered That Why Send Humans To Mars

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