Colonizing Mars is crucial for the human species. understand why

by Kelvin
Colonizing Mars is crucial for the human species.  understand why

While exploring other planets and sending humans to Mars may seem silly in light of the significant challenges we face as a species right here on Earth, pure and simple scientific research needs to continue if we are to evolve. This is the opinion of journalist James Maynard, founder and editor of the blog The Cosmic Companion – specializing in the mysteries of the universe and son of none other than Robert Maynard, designer of the program’s power sources Apollo, from NASA.

James wrote an article inspired by memes that have been popping up on the internet recently – which suggest that it would be much better to take care of our planet’s problems and end space exploration which, according to the publications, spend a lot of money and bring no concrete return.

  

In fact, it may seem superfluous to take humans to the moon and start living on Mars while hunger, disease and poverty affect billions of people here on the blue planet. But Maynard warns that this thinking fuels a dangerous trend: “an unscientific backlash against space exploration.”

investments in science

Maynard reminds us that investments in pure science almost always culminate in technological and social developments we can never predict: from your NASA pillow to water filtration systems that save thousands of people from a slow death caused by a lack of clean water.

The portion of the United States’ federal budget earmarked for NASA is approximately $23 billion a year – a substantial amount, but less than 0.5% of the country’s budget. “By comparison, NASA received nearly 4.5% of US government spending at the height of NASA’s triumphs. Apollo“says Maynard.

Today, planetary exploration takes up less than a third of NASA’s budget, according to the NGO The Planetary Society. That’s about seven billion dollars, which equates to just over 20 dollars a year, per person. “Americans spend more each year on Halloween costumes and plant-based meats,” says the editor.

Advances of humanity thanks to science

In return for investing in NASA, the population receives vast amounts of new research that preserves and improves life here on Earth. “Technologies developed from the exploration of the solar system include memory foam mattresses, advances in magnetic resonance technology now used in hospitals, fire-resistant paints and construction techniques used in modern skyscrapers,” says the journalist.

Some NASA inventions used on Earth

  • Inexpensive and easy-to-use water filtration systems, distributed to people around the world, were developed out of NASA’s need to filter water in space.
  • Safer Food: The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points concept, developed for NASA, prevented the contamination of packaged food used by spacecraft. Now, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration, the United States federal health agency) uses the same techniques to keep dangerous microorganisms out of foods before they are shipped to stores.
  • Implantable Cardiac Devices: Heart disease can now be treated with equipment that act as miniature defibrillators. Designed to perform surgery in space, the devices allow surgeons to work while watching everything on a video screen, using only small incisions.

Scientific research as inspiration

“We also inspire children to learn science,” recalls the journalist. In addition, other countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, started investing in space programs to train science students, transforming them into leaders in the post-petroleum world to come.

Maynard also claims that China is making huge strides in science, recently reaching the Moon and Mars – and launching its own space station. These are advances that bring the day when we will live on Mars a few steps closer. “Science is our last and best hope,” says the columnist.

“Human colonies on the Moon and Mars, capable of maintaining their populations permanently, regardless of external supply, provide our species with the ultimate life insurance policy. Living on Mars provides another plan for backup for the future of the human race,” concludes Maynard.