So the other morning I woke up and started off my day, and on the drive to work, I found myself pondering how to get to Mars. This is a problem I return to periodically, but this time I really started planning and generating ideas. I found it hard to concentrate when I got to work, until I wrote my ideas down.
The problems with a manned Mars mission are mostly that you have to be gone at least 3 years. That's 3 years worth of food, air, water, fuel that you have to take with you or produce on the way, not to mention three years of unexpected emergencies you have to anticipate. Also about 2 years of that is travel time (a year there and a year back) and the havoc two years of zero gravity will play on a persons muscular system is nothing to sneeze at either.
So since that morning a week or so ago I have been going over this stuff in my mind and on paper in the shower, as I go to sleep, when I'm supposed to be working, and during the first session of general conference, (after the solemn assembly stuff- I was not totally inattentive).
Then yesterday this 60 minutes special popped up on planned missions to Mars and it was quite... serendipitous.
So someday I am going to blog ad nauseum about how to get people to Mars. Not tonight- need to sleep. But I don't think you can do like the Apollo missions and just send a small crew in one ship. I think you need a small fleet of ships, and a crew of like at least a dozen people, but I thinking more likely around 30. You need pilots, computer experts, medical people. And ships, I am thinking a couple dozen of them. 3-4 with fake gravity (centrifugal motion) for living quarters, another 3-4 strictly for cargo, 4-5 small ships for shuttling between the bigger ships in space, 6-8 ships designed just for landings and take offs, 2-3 large ships designed not to support life in space, but designed to land on Mars and support life for the year or so on the planet. And possibly 1-2 ships that are just power plants. Yeah... (rubs hands together) I have been thinking a lot about this one. But I am not going to spell it all out now in disorganized chaos. More later.
Peace out yo!
Trent- come live on Mars with me!
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