This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Share. Phil Torres is the director of the Project for Human Flourishing and the author of Morality, Foresight, and Human Flourishing: An Introduction to Existential Risks. Why should humans colonise other planets? There are, however, many good reasons why, even without attributing value to the stars themselves, we should strive to avoid treating our corner of space as nothing more than a quarry, a rubbish dump, and a lawless frontier. ... are the monumental—if not intractable—challenges awaiting colonists who want to permanently live on Mars. Should humans colonise a life-bearing planet, we should ask whether organisms would fare any better than species ... Before we colonise Mars, let's look to our problems on Earth. Russian LGBT+ rights campaigner thinks we should colonise the Moon and Mars to control the spread of coronavirus. Forget Mars, This Is Why We Should Colonize Titan. DiverJohn on our Naked Scientists forum asks if we need to colonize Mars in a hurry, how do we … With talk of crimes, of stolen land With some attempt to understand Our evil act. We earthlings must reject misleading prophesies such as the Malthusian fear that we are running out of resources on our planet. Part of the show Eggs, eyes and quantum - November QnA. Although it takes a lot of fuel to reach Mars, I believe that in future science can search for an alternative for that too.. This would make the process of colonizing it easier. I wanted to look at the case against Mars; three reasons humans should leave the red planet alone. This uniqueness is illustrated most clearly if we contrast Mars with the Earth’s Moon, the most frequently cited alternative location for extraterrestrial human colonization. The hypothetical colonization of Mars has received interest from public space agencies and private corporations, and has received extensive treatment in science fiction writing, film, and art.. Organizations have proposed plans for a human mission to Mars, the first step towards any colonization effort, but no person has set foot on the planet. When asked in 2013 if we should go to Mars , he responded: The Red Planet is a cold, dead place, with an atmosphere about 100 times thinner than Earth’s. "Mars is not the planet of canals and Barsoomians that we thought, perhaps, in the early 1900s, but it is still interesting," he said. For those fearing the negligence of the troubles we have here, I would like to remind that technological progress of the twentieth century owes a lot to the space race of the 60s. Should we colonise Mars? Forget Mars — We Should Colonise Venus Instead. Question. Humans are heavy. Of course, we’d have to get to Mars in the first place .To do so, first we need to consider the basic problem of radiation in the form of cosmic rays and solar activity. Our avarice. Here the idea of sustainable development is key. We are in that privileged position right now with respect to space colonization. Our greed. Another reason we should go to Mars, according to deGrasse Tyson, is to inspire the next generation of space explorers. Mars can and should be settled with Earth émigrés. Overpopulation and limited resources on Earth makes Mars a potentially suitable place to colonize. We Should Colonize Other Planets to Grow our Civilization Although people like to say that the Earth is running out of resources that is really not true. Our thoughtless deed Our lust. In contrast to the Moon, Mars is rich in carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen and oxygen, all in biologically readily accessible forms such as carbon dioxide gas, nitrogen gas, and water ice and permafrost. Exploration, settlement, and colonization are inherent in the human spirit. Colonising Venus is perfect for our needs and much easier to boot. Despite the advances in technology since 1969, we have not made a serious concerted effort to go much beyond it and establish ourselves in the stars. MARS-DUST-STORM. We shouldn't colonise mars! (Barsoomians are the Martian inhabitants in Burroughs' novels.) It will be the greatest achievement to colonise on Venus but I still feel that first we should settle on Mars since Mars not as hot as Venus, secondly air colonies can also be created there. Play Download. Additionally, Mars is closer to Earth than the other Solar planets – except for Venus, but we already covered why it’s not a very good option! Do we need to colonise the red planet? For our generation and many that will follow, Mars is the New World. And she thinks we should hold off on colonising Mars until we’ve spent more time in the Australian outback. … he first argument against human travel to Mars: Why Humans Will Never Colonize Mars. Scientist Stephen Hawking claims that humans need to colonize planets in the next 1,000 years to ensure survival. Space. They talk of colonies on Mars On other planets. Noelle Phansalkar. As this episode of Space Time explains, there's a huge disparity between the kind of attention that Mars and Venus get, both from space agencies around the world, and in popular culture. Let’s not dive head-first into waters that turn out to be shallow. Science. 05 November 2019. Humans should go to Mars to slowly work towards building a civilization there, according to Digital Trends. We could start dumping supplies on the moon in months if we really wanted to. We can easily send robots to Mars, because their feelings don't get hurt if you forget to pack the oxygen and food. Right now, we've got the US and Chinese governments interested in sending manned missions to Mars. But people are a different … well, animal, altogether. Follow. Flickr / Paul Hudson Another reason we should go to Mars, according to Tyson, is to inspire the next generation of space explorers. Distant stars They talk of better things ahead Why not fix the past instead? Part 1 provides the context and background, Part 2 explores the “Why” part of colonizing Mars, and Part 3 digs into the “How.” To make reading this post as accessible as possible, it’s broken into five pages, each about the length of a normal WBW post, and you can jump to any part of the post easily by clicking the links in the Table of Contents below. Kesh Anand. Let's have a look. When you subscribe we will use the information you provide ... "Of course you can terraform Mars. If we’re going to stay on Mars for the long haul, we have to terraform it. Firstly, It is dangerous to fly there, Especially with young families. And that can have a big impact on policy surrounding space exploration. We are consuming fossil fuels at a faster rate than the Earth can replace them, but as our technologies improve we’ll be able to move away from those fossil fuels and utilize cleaner, more efficient, more easily replenished fuel sources. Secondly, This would cost lots of money, And we could spend money on better things such as fixing our Earth, Which leads to my third point, That we should fix our Earth first … With the recent discovery of flowing liquid water on Mars, talk has turned to what it would take to colonize Mars. We are explorers, much like cheetahs are predators and water bears are survivors. We won’t see cities flourishing on Mars for the same reason, Tyson says. Mars is the closest thing we have to Earth in the entire solar system, and that’s not saying much. Credit: NASA. Excellent article and worthy of discussion and serious thought. When asked in 2013 whether we should go to Mars , he answered: So why resisting that one trait that makes us what we are and that got us so far? Today I answer a question that many people have. How do we choose who should colonise Mars? I suspect that AI and robotic development will reach the point that by the time we can send and return a few people to Mars, we can send indestructible “human-like” robots that can accomplish the same things (and more) on a Mars mission that a real human could do, but without the life-sustaining needs and fragility of humans.