Sunday, August 30, 2015

Should Mars Be Independent, Or Just A Colony Of Earth?

A) A copy of the article / resource / link / book title, author, chapter etc….   

 Popular Science:

Should Mars Be Independent, Or Just A Colony Of Earth?

Part B:
My analysis of the article in regards to its impact of the future.  

I think that in our lifetime we will have a need to look elsewhere in our universe for a planet that can sustain life. With all of the carbon emissions and pollution we produce everyday I think that the earth will no longer be able to sustain our life. The fact that we cut down so many trees to produce paper is in indicator that we need to reconsider what or how we are producing and or creating materials like paper in our life. We are literally killing a good portion of the plant life produces our oxygen. We live in a culture of plastic and disposable products, and we may not know the future implications of enjoying such daily luxuries for many years. One possible solution to our problem is to create a colony on another planet, like Mars. This article talks about protecting the rights of people who may eventually settle on Mars.  Honestly, I think this is absurd to even consider at this point, when we barely have equality or equal rights on Earth, especially in America.

C) - The Bullet Answers:
      1) The global impact, national impact, and local / personal impact. 

     Colonizing other planets may seem like a cool idea, but globally it would take a ton of resources to make a self-sustaining environment in a way in which different nations can come together. Gives humans a change to build a better environment. Not everyone can afford to go.

      2) Forecast the range of impact over the short term (the next 2 months to 2 years), to the long term (next 20 years to 20 + decades).

     In the next 20 years, I believe we will see more advances in building sustainable colonies on other planets. Next decade, I believe we will have a better understanding of what colonization on other planets will require scientifically and politically.

    3) What could you do, or could be done to create the greatest positive impact on the future.”

     Make it affordable option for all people. Equality for all individuals. A chance for everyone to be connected or working for the greater good of the colony and the planet. Both planets become better and more sustainable and balanced.

4   4) “What could you do, or could be done to create the greatest negative impact on the future.”

     I think that it may cause friction between Earth and people on Mars if we try to regulate what they do or try to exploit resources.  This could result in an interplanetary war or war between nations on Earth trying to exert control over Mars.

5    5) “Which region of the future” does this related closest most to or does this fit in between – or perhaps a region of the future you’d like to define for yourself.

      Biotech and human tech.

     Part B) Questions for class:

    What can we do here, on Earth, to ensure rights for everyone?

    What makes us think colonizing other planets is beneficial?

    How would a colony on Mars affect the relationships between nations on this planet? 

    What are some drawbacks as far as affordability?

    Should Mars be established as an independent planet?

   What are some potential benefits to having a colony on Mars?

1 comment:

  1. This topic is so difficult to analyze.

    We think colonizing other planets is beneficial because it fits into the narrative of technology and progress. So what if we ruin the earth? We'll just use all our intelligence to go to space. We would still be dependent on the Earth in the longterm, however. Life cannot exist without ecosystems. I don't think any kind of technology will change this.

    The logistics of it all seem like something that would cause mass amounts of local, national, and global conflict.

    I can't imagine living on a bubble on a barren planet would be a life worth living.

    I don't know, man.


Just keeping things on the up and up since this is for my students to communicate first.