To Colonise Mars, don’t we first need Humans?

Our post today came about after Lamo watched a documentary on the planned Orion mission to Mars. In order to give you context around our thoughts we give you an extract from a paper that claims Space Exploration benefits mankind.

There is no activity on Earth that matches the unique challenges of space exploration. The first fifty years of space activity have generated benefits for people around the globe. This past record gives strong reason for confidence that renewed investments in space exploration will have similarly positive impacts for future generations.

We take issue with this in that if this is true then how come in the last 50 years we have not made an impact on world famine, third world poverty, climate change. In fact most, if not all, of these have these have gotten worse in the last five decades!

Orion, the manned mission to Mars is going to cost around $217.4 billion (£172,927m). Correct me if we are wrong but this one single space program could fund scientific research into food production in starving third world countries rather than how to enable eight people to fly across the solar system to, well to do what exactly? The money alone eats at our very being in this supposed great innovation platform that betters the world for us.

Booster Test for Space Launch System Rocket
How much Energy wasted?

Whilst watching the documentary on the Orion mission they were making a huge thing about how immensely powerful the rockets to get this frankly wasteful payload into space are. As Lamo watched this long cylindrical engine blowing out some number of millions of pounds of thrust in flame, he had the following thought. He wondered how much electricity that could generate if used in a country that has none? We mean just look at the energy doing absolutely nothing but moving some dial on a loading meter somewhere saying, “Hey I can get 100 tonnes and eight humans into space.

We say, how much electricity could you generate in places that need water purifiers, or powered medical facilities etc. to save the children that charities are constantly showing us on TV? Now that’s a true benefit!

Also it struck us there is huge waste of the elements Oxygen and Hydrogen, around 730,000 gallons of super cooled liquid versions. This is just the one core booster. If you think about all the other US space programs, all doing the same testing, all using these limited resources up. Then multiply that by all the other countries around the world with their space programs, that’s got to add up to a lot of rich beneficial breathable O2 we no longer have here?

It isn’t as though we are not wasting the rather valuable Oxygen already by us poisoning the seas, deforestation and other harmful activities and yet we burn it in these tests! Then more in launching this ship to achieve what exactly? Ok we must be fair and say these two elements being burnt produce only water vapour as a waste product. (Well apart from all that smoke).

Here is yet another benefit they claim is due to space exploration.

Maintaining the health of astronauts as they explore beyond Low Earth Orbit and conduct missions of many months or years will require increasingly sophisticated methods. Telemedicine provides medical care to patients who may be located far away from medical providers.

Let us take this supposed innovation. It is true that in May 1965 NASA did propose their IMBLMS (Integrated Medical Behavioral Laboratory Measurement System) program. But it was originally ten year earlier, in 1955, that the University of Nebraska in conjunction with Ron Dutton who were the first to use closed circuit television and radio transmitted records for treating psychiatric patients. (Telemedicine). It was not an innovation of NASA, I don’t argue that their program developed it much further from the mid sixties onwards.

Yet with the technology development pace in the last fifty years and in no small part, the Internet, these advances in remote diagnostics for medical care would have developed to where they are today anyway I believe.

Second they talk about caring for people in a micro gravity environment. Correct me if we are wrong but don’t nearly 8 billion other people all live within the pull of the Earths gravity?

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Clean Air Technology?

Now here is another thing, air recycling solutions that keep the astronauts alive during their two year journey or what ever it is. Very advanced, keep their life giving breathable air clean so they arrive all fresh faced on Mars. If space exploration were to give one thing back, then why have these not been scaled up to scrub the polluted air of major cities? That would be giving back something of high benefit to us would it not?

Why are we using space exploration as an excuse to say it is needed to drive innovation? Are there not enough serious issues on our planet that need solving first with this huge amount of resource that is being given over to going to a dead planet? Is not the survival of the human race even more of a driver for these innovations? To me we have our priorities completely with the wrong focus here!

It boggles our minds when they say that the missions help us understand the development of the Solar system, we give you this quote, from the same paper;

In recent years, a number of agencies have conducted robotic space missions that have uncovered new knowledge about the solar system’s past and present and are providing clues to help humankind understand how life began on Earth.

All very nice but it does not solve the problem with the way life is dwindling on this planet right now does it? How does it solve famine, disease, poverty, over population, someone please explain this to me? (No didn’t think you could!).

They have developed high protein food sachets that keep astronauts fed during these missions. Why have these not been mass produced to send out to the third world countries where children are starving to death? Why are these kept to the domain of expensive space travel?

Again they can recycle the air and water within a space craft, where in the world this this is actually desperately needed has it been deployed to the benefit of the human race? How about cleaning the air in and around our major metropolitan areas first, help seriously reduce those harmful greenhouse gases that are destroying this world?

We do not need the space exploration excuse to drive these desperately needed technologies, we can look at our own home, the Earth, for this. The world is dying, is this not enough to drive all the innovative organisations, not just NASA to develop technologies that actually do benefit the human race?

Regardless of the last fifty years, lets go back to the original, “Space Race” between the then two super powers of the US and Russia. This was not about the benefit of the human race, it was about dominating the cold war. The ability to be able to get a nuclear arsenal payload to the others cities, no more no less. It was from this that the ability to explore space was actually born, think about that!

MarsRover
Oops there goes another $2.1 Billion!

Yes, maybe today’s space exploration will show us that we could eventually colonise Mars but don’t we need a human race that can survive on Earth first to do this.

We think this should be aptly renamed, “The Space Waste”.

Here’s a thought, using all the money and resources poured into Space Exploration, why don’t we use this to first save our own species along with planet Earth from destruction before we have no one left to actually go to colonise Mars?

(c) Harlin & Lamo The Lion

Further Reading

The Paper on Beneifts Of Space Exploration – This one is by NASA themselves!

Aliens Visiting Earth? Yeah Right!

We were talking about the search for intelligent life in the Universe which got us at Harlam to thinking, (Again). There is a huge amount of real estate surrounding us on on planet Earth in to which many neighbours danger_humans_ftr-300x160 must well have moved. At the current count it is estimated that there are something like 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 planets out there somewhere. (That’s an awful lot of zeros!). If only a tiny fraction have spawned life then that is a lot of species out there somewhere.

Even taking in to account the scientific thought in regard to all the time that has past since the Universe’s supposed noisy start, (Mind you is it like the tree, if no one was there to here this Big Bang did it actually make a noise?), fourteen or so billion years, where they say it is possible that other civilisations could have come and gone already. Lets face it the odds are that there is more than likely a lot of other life out there at this very moment.

With this knowledge we have we spend all this time sending out these invitations to them hoping, expecting, for some kind of reply. Pointing our radio transmitters along with receiving dishes in all directions of that oh so vast sky getting despondent as we have had no reply.

Here is the thought we had though.

Knowing humanity as it is right now, (It’s not in what could be classed an A state, more like a Z at best.), what we have done to this planet, our violent history; if you were intelligent life out there would you want to respond to us? We doubt it very much. Think about who we act when we are confronted with someone with those horrible traits. We ourselves do the very same thing when we see someone we don’t like; we simply choose to ignore them, hoping they’ll disappear never to be seen again. (Whilst we breathe a great sigh of relief.)

Why should we expect any less of ‘intelligent’ life toward us? (After all it is not called intelligent for no reason!) Let’s face it we are truly the rowdy neighbour of the housing estate known as the Universe. Trashing the nice house we have, shouting, screaming at each other, polluting the once nice clean place they once enjoyed. Who in the Universe, (And their right mind!), would want contemplate welcoming us to the neighbourhood? Yet alone want to borrow a cup of sugar or invite us round for dinner, perhaps a warm get to know you BBQ?

We seriously believe there may well be sign posts up around our solar system that we can’t see with BewareHumans messages to interstellar travelers, “Do not Enter – Contaminated Zone” Put up by those ‘Anceint Aliens‘ we believe visited us in our human adolescence. (Took one look at us and said, “NO we’re leaving, Good Bye. Putting the warning signs up as they left!) Which is why we have never been visited by extra-terrestrial life since, likely never will either.

Any kind of life that is intelligent will see us as a petulant child more interested in destruction than learning. Let’s face it despite everything in our past that should act as a warning, (The red flag could not be much bigger!), to our own forthcoming potential demise, we still carry on the same.  Who in their right mind wants to get to know someone like that? That’s an easy answer, absolutely no one.

They would be as likely to visit us as we would want a package holiday in a War torn country on our own planet right now. No, they are more likely to be simply watching us through their remote viewing technologies, much like we watch a comedy show on our TV’s here. Tuning in to our on going human calamity comedic actions, not believing a species could be so dumb, laughing at us as we head towards the inevitable series ending. (There will be no second series of the the humanity show either.)

Maybe humans were actually seeded by alien intelligence all those millennia ago as some theorists now believe. If so then they probably look at as now as we would an ant farm that has become a colossal failure. (If Ants acted like we do, we’d think the same don’t kid yourself.) Leaving us forgotten in a dark corner to simply whimper out of existence as we are simply not worth their time now.

Here is our concluding thought on this.

We need to address ourselves to becoming a more civilised, compassionate, caring human civilisation who respect our own planet along with the true balance of nature plus the infinite harmonious beauty of the Universe.

For until then we two think this is why we will not get responses to our human communications sent out to those intelligent beings that do live in harmony with the Universe and their own selves. They will simply ignore us and we will remain alone in the Universe as they watch us destroy ourselves. In the end simply raise a toast and say, “Good Riddance”.

(C) Harlin & Lamo The Lion 2019