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January 16th, 2004

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02:52 pm
bored bored bored. blah blah blah.
Dull day at work.

Went out to lovely dinner last night with jimmy_obadger and grayhoundliz, was mmmmmm tasty. we all plopped on the kitchen floor, where 1/2 of us fell asleep, and the awake half had to throw the sleeping half out into the snow. hehe!

Slept kind of fitfully, my back's pissy at me today. Not too bad, just letting me know that it's not happy with me. silly back. I OWNZOR YOU!!! you will obey me.

The New York Times ran an article today supporting the possiblity of a One-Way trip to Mars. Would be economically feasible, the people would of course be volunteers, and the theory would be to develop a colony on Mars, small at first but with shipments of stuff and people to augment the base whenever possible. Return to earth would not be guaranteed, nor would survival for more than a short period of time, but if everything went right you might live a decently long life, to die of cancer from the increased radiation because of Mars' thin atmosphere.

My question:
Assuming you were qualified and given the opportunity, would you volunteer?

If not, what would it take for you to volunteer?

Me personally, I almost definitely would if I weren't so very in love with someone here.

gimme answers! I'm very curious.
mood: cheerfulcheerful

(35 bits of drivel | babble incoherently)


Date:January 16th, 2004 12:18 pm (UTC)
Hmmmmmmmmm...the opportunity is interesting.
I need to settle up with some business planetside. Depending on the answers I get I might volunteer.
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Date:January 16th, 2004 12:21 pm (UTC)
fair nuf.
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Date:January 16th, 2004 12:19 pm (UTC)
i would not, despite its neato factor.

the very idea is unthinkable for the anxiety-prone former agoraphobic type. v.v;;

also, i am bored too. and yet i have a 4:30pm friday afternoon meeting.
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Date:January 16th, 2004 12:22 pm (UTC)
it would be a strange combination of agoraphobia and claustrophobia.

good luck getting unbored.
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Date:January 16th, 2004 12:23 pm (UTC)
I would not volunteer. I am completely fine with watching someone else fly to Mars.

However, if for some reason the entire government or NASA or both requested me personally as being essential to the mission (by possessing some skill set I cannot even imagine), then I would probably go. But make sure Halliburton wasn't building the damn spaceship.
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Date:January 16th, 2004 12:59 pm (UTC)
"Oh Nora, only you can save the human race! Fly, fly with the hope of all humanity!!!"
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Date:January 16th, 2004 01:00 pm (UTC)
No Provisos, addendums, quid pro quos...?
You'd take off in a month?
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Date:January 16th, 2004 12:59 pm (UTC)
Any One-Way trip staffed by volunteers makes me think of one of two thigns:
1) prison colonies and indentured servitude
2) Douglas Adams' "B Ship" full of hairdressers, &c.

That said, the idea is appealing anyway. The life of spaceship confinement and my Mars companions is much less so. Even if it is warmer than the east coast right now, I do not think I could handle it without carefully selecting who would starve on an alien planet with me and smuggling a lot of "necessities" with me a la a spoiled version of Desert Island. I do not play well with others, as the saying goes, and I suspect I'd be the first Donner Party victim when the ships stopped coming.
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Date:January 16th, 2004 01:03 pm (UTC)
So that's a no then? ;o)

I'd imagine that anyone volunteering for such a trip wouldn't be begrudged whatever CDs, movies, and books (on computer) that they wanted.

I'd be curious to see if it did indeed turn into a Donner party, what with full live streaming video coming back to earth 24/7, and the scrutiny of the international scientific community on you. Hmm, very potentially interesting.
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Date:January 16th, 2004 01:39 pm (UTC)
I would most certinly do it. I swim more do I can feel like null gravity. (sorry I'm reading too much of the enders game series) yes I would do it no matter what
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Date:January 16th, 2004 01:51 pm (UTC)
enders game...
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Date:January 16th, 2004 02:03 pm (UTC)
I'd go. It wouldn't be boring. I'd miss animals, warmth, and weather, but that's about it. And if I died sooner so much the better.
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Date:January 16th, 2004 02:07 pm (UTC)

Okay, there's one way I'd go: If it was a COS 'Special Interest Group' project and I was invited. That's IT. No government could get me up there.

I have a *great* many reasons (and indeed I did back when there were only 6 comments on this post, when I started typing and had to close the browser since I'm still at work), but I, again, don't have time for them now.

To summarize:
I don't think it's a good idea if the world thinks we can just move onto another planet when we fill this one.

Second, I really don't know how much the science we could learn from it would be that beneficial. Anything with analogues here on Earth could be done here on Earth.

There is a good chance we might see some very awful social problems develop amongst a crew (most of this is Ballard and some other fiction authors speaking for me, but hey, it could happen that they all go renegade/crazy/inbred, or something.)

Fourth, I don't trust or want the government doing this stuff.

Fifth, Schadenfreude. Not getting into that one.
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Date:January 16th, 2004 03:18 pm (UTC)
nope. i'd rather study the people once they return to this silly planet. too many people i couldn't live without in these parts.
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Date:January 16th, 2004 06:31 pm (UTC)
Absolutely not.
The exception: knowing i could be the person to sabotage it. I mean, we've already fucked up one planet quite enough. Let's leave the others be, mmmkay?
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