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Old October 12 2010, 03:39 PM   #16
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Re: "Mars Direct" NBC series in development about a mission to Mars

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Does anyone else think the phrase "Race to Mars" is either a contradiction in terms or insanely optimistic?
according to Wikipedia
The Space Race was a mid-to-late twentieth century competition between the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States (USA) for supremacy in outer space exploration. The term refers to a specific period in human history, 1957-1975,
The race was both ideological and technological, and it involved pioneering efforts to launch artificial satellites, sub-orbital and orbital human spaceflight around the earth, and piloted voyages to the Moon.
The Space Race sparked unprecedented increases in spending on education and pure research, which accelerated scientific advancements and led to beneficial spin-off technologies.
my bolding.
This is perhaps why calling space exploration with a specific goal such as landing a human on Mars a race increases competition and a need for spending by governments. Without this delving into a political discussion regarding funding for space exploration I'm merely answering your question.
There is already a thread here for that:
funding for manned Mission to Mars [financial/political ONLY]
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Old October 12 2010, 03:50 PM   #17
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Re: "Mars Direct" NBC series in development about a mission to Mars

I'm sorry, you misunderstood me. There is no race to Mars. I suspect there never will be a race to Mars. That's all I was saying. There will eventually be a multinational expedition with people on board but until then the best you can hope for is unmanned craft and if we're really lucky, robots.
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Old October 12 2010, 04:22 PM   #18
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Mars robots /human landings in real life vs "Mars Direct"

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There is no race to Mars. I suspect there never will be a race to Mars.
Since there have been a few unmanned probes and rovers landing on Mars the next big feat is to land a human on Mars. Not now but around 2025 there will be an actual race of sorts more political though.

This thread actually shows how this experiment will eventually have robots land on Mars before humans.
Japan taking humanoid robots to moon by 2015

NASA has Robonaut 2 [the prototype humanoid robot] which goes up to the I.S.S. on November 1, 2010.


Surely Mars Direct TV series pilot will discuss the already landing humanoid robots on Mars.
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Old October 12 2010, 04:26 PM   #19
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Re: "Mars Direct" NBC series in development about a mission to Mars

I'm not going to hijack this thread on the strength of a throwaway quip by myself but I sincerely hope I'm still a member of this board as these magical Mars deadlines come and go.
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Old October 12 2010, 06:01 PM   #20
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Sounds like a shipping service.
Yeah, that's what I thought. "Mars Direct" sounds like a phone product or something. It's not a good title.
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Old October 12 2010, 07:40 PM   #21
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Re: "Mars Direct" NBC series in development about a mission to Mars

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I'm sorry, you misunderstood me. There is no race to Mars. I suspect there never will be a race to Mars. That's all I was saying. There will eventually be a multinational expedition with people on board but until then the best you can hope for is unmanned craft and if we're really lucky, robots.
Yeah, but this is Sci-Fi, where anything can happen. Just because it doesn't seem like anything is being done right now doesn't mean that there won't eventually be a race to Mars. People once thought we'd never get to the moon and it became a race to see who'd get there first, not only as people, but technologically as well. Technological Prowess. You're right in that it would multinational, with us being allies with Russia, but that isn't stopping from other countries like China from developing their own efforts.

The Mini-series was most like Ben Bova's Mars which envisioned a realistic portrayal of what a mission to Mars could be like.

Jefferiestube is right. With all the probes and the rovers, it's not as if no effort is being made to get humans to Mars, but it is taking us longer because it's farther and requires different technology due to the different environment of Mars, but they are making an effort. The Mars rovers have been amazingly successful leading us to learn a lot about Mars. It was an amazing achievement that they lasted way past the date they thought they'd die. Instead of just getting a few months of observations, we got nearly two years!
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Old October 12 2010, 07:49 PM   #22
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other Mars shows

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The Mini-series was most like Ben Bova's Mars which envisioned a realistic portrayal of what a mission to Mars could be like.
one of these Bova is associated with?

The Starlost (TV series) (science consultant - 10 episodes)

Future Flight (1987)

Sleeper (1973)

I haven't seen any. Could you be more specific?
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Old October 12 2010, 09:34 PM   #23
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The Mini-series was most like Ben Bova's Mars which envisioned a realistic portrayal of what a mission to Mars could be like.
one of these Bova is associated with?

The Starlost (TV series) (science consultant - 10 episodes)

Future Flight (1987)

Sleeper (1973)

I haven't seen any. Could you be more specific?
I'm speaking about his Mars series. The first book in particular. I have no idea if he's associated with any of those series. But it portrayed a realistic vision of what a mission to Mars could be like and I haven't read anything that came close, as other novels tend to portray colonization.
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