MegaProphet wrote:What are the benefits of a flyby mission? Is there anything to be learned from one?
Absolutely. All the technology to do it has yet to be invented.
Of Mars? Are we talking about something else, because I'm getting a little confused by this.
Juan_Bottom wrote:But! we do have a firm grasp on how to do everything, we just need the capital to start. I mean-uh, if we could just get funding of a trillion dollars, we could terraform Mars in about 100 years. How cool would that be?
I know.... a trillion dollars sounds like a lot of money when everybody is poor and there's wars and stuff. But is it really a lot of money to buy a second Earth?
There is a type of mossy stuff, if I remember correctly, that scientists believe could thrive on Mars, actually ("thrive" relatively speaking, of course). It's output is high in oxygen, and it doesn't need a tremendous amount of carbon dioxide to get by. It could be an important part of the process.
...I prefer a man who will burn the flag and then wrap himself in the Constitution to a man who will burn the Constitution and then wrap himself in the flag.