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The long commute … to Mars

Another View
By Bill Hall

Are we earthlings now preparing to settle on Mars because our frisky planet is overcrowded with babies?

Or do our space dreamers now want to occupy Mars just because it is there?

For whatever motive, current urges of taming Mars are even more difficult than the Lewis and Clark expedition. Lewis and Clark had natural oxygen. Running out of air did not concern them. Nobody in that expedition ever complained about a dangerous lack of oxygen (with the possible exception of waking up in the morning with a grizzly bear standing on your windpipe).

I don’t doubt that these new Mars explorers can eventually find a way to create permanent communities over there. The road to Mars will be paved with the knowledge of making food out of rocks . . .