The place above our tiny blue dot in the black abyss

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alex3000
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Personally I don't think it's a scam, but who am I to say? people say stuff like that the Apollo missions were fake (definitely not, idk where they get that from) so...
ilovelions
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How did we get past the van allen radiation belt when we went to the moon?
alex3000
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All trajectories that lead to the weakest areas (they don't surround the earth) plus good shielding.
lazermazer
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if we were to go to Mars will we be able to survive as long as Watny(martian)
alex3000
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Depends on the situation and the person. If that were to happen to someone in reality it might work out similarly, better, or worse for that person, but the chances of the situation presented in that movie actually happening would be very very low (unlikely) People living on Mars and things going according to plan could allow people to survive their entire lives there. (though after a few years there it would be a guarantee that they wouldn't be able to come back without being wheelchair-ridden for the rest of their life, so after a long period it would be better just to stay there)
alex3000
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Depends on the situation and the person. If that were to happen to someone in reality it might work out similarly, better, or worse for that person, but the chances of the situation presented in that movie actually happening would be very very low (unlikely) People living on Mars and things going according to plan could allow people to survive their entire lives there. (though after a few years there it would be a guarantee that they wouldn't be able to come back without being wheelchair-ridden for the rest of their life, so after a long period it would be better just to stay there)
lazermazer
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my science teacher said that the first humans on Mars will be the kids in middle school is that true
Ironbutterfly
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this thread is old (18 days sorry guys)

But middle schoolers is likely, as the possible first scheduled trip to Mars is 2040, IIRC.

The oldest middle schooler would be (in most states) 15 in 2016. So, add 24 years to get to 2040, and you've got 39 year olds in space. Not that crazy, as astronaut age ranges from 26-46, according to NASA.
alex3000
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It depends on when we go. If it's only in a few years, less than a decade, people in high school and college right now will be the ones to go. If it's later than that, then middle schoolers probab;y will end up being the ones to go. It really just depends on the specific year that we decide will be the year that the first humans go to Mars--School years compared to age gives a narrow range, especially considering that most likely people over 35 probably won't be going and people under about 23-25 probably won't be going, so that adds on to the narrowness.

(and yes, I see your "26-46" but also you have to consider that going to Mars is a job for younger people that are more agile and won't become crippling weak as quickly in case they end up coming home. In this case, the younger the better, s long as they have enough experience and training, at least until trips to Mars become more routine and older people can decide to less as an expedition to unknown territory and more like what for us would be like a flight to the other side of the world: doable but costly and takes awhile)

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