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Humans have long dreamed of going to Mars, but the only hope for doing so in the foreseeable future is on a one-way mission. Eliminating the return journey would dramatically slash costs and halve the inevitable risks associated with space flight.
“Mars on a one-way ticket is not a suicide mission,” says Paul Davies, director of the Beyond Center at Arizona State University. “Rather, the astronauts would be the first colonists of a permanent human settlement on the Red Planet. It’s a natural extension of our quest to explore.”
Davies will outline how such a mission would work during the Beyond Center’s annual Sci-Fi Meets Sci-Fact Lecture, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 20, in Murdoch Hall, room 101, on ASU’s Tempe campus.
During the talk, Davies will suggest who would go, what they would do when they got there and how a Mars colony would benefit the rest of humanity on Earth. The lecture is free and open to the public.
After Davies shares his vision for sending humans one-way to Mars, internationally acclaimed artist and senior TED fellow Angelo Vermeulen will describe his recent experience living and working in a Mars-like habitat.
“Most scientists address the engineering and logistical aspects of establishing a Mars colony,” says Davies. “But the biggest obstacle may be how to get a handful of human beings to live and work in a very cramped and challenging environment without murdering each other. Angelo has firsthand experience of what it would be like cooped up alongside other colonists with no escape.”
The Sci-Fi Meets Sci-Fact Lecture is free, but reservations are suggested. For more information, visit beyond.asu.edu or call 480-965-3240.