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Mars on Earth by Robert Zubrin
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Sep 05, 2010

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Zubrin is to be commended for both his enthusiasm and his energy is pushing the case for human space exploration, particulary that of Mars. And this was a worth experiment. However, it sidesteps the fact that we have yet to figure out a way of getting a heavy mass object such as a human habitation module safely to the surface of Mars. We know how to do it for the Moon and for Earth, but we have yet to figure out a way to do it for anything much larger than the car-sized Mars Science Laboratory currently planned to reach Mars in 2012. And this has nothing to do with getting there, we can get the mass there, we just don't know how to land it given the thin atmosphere of Mars vs. the thick atmosphere of Earth or the lack of atmosphere on the Moon.

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