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Company Vows Mars Colony by 2023, Funded by Reality Show
NBCUniversal Chanel 4 New York ^ | Monday, Jun 4, 2012 | By DANIEL MACHT

Posted on 06/04/2012 7:51:37 PM PDT by garjog

A Dutch firm wants to build a colony on Mars and fund it with an international reality TV show.

Historically the Dutch financed exploration of the new world established business colonies in New York and Australia.

Sounds like a good idea.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: colony; exploration; mars; sheilajackasslee; space


1 posted on 06/04/2012 7:51:47 PM PDT by garjog
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To: garjog

Watch 4 minute promotional video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6QoEEGySGm4


2 posted on 06/04/2012 7:54:32 PM PDT by garjog
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To: garjog

I nominate the Trump and Kardashian families to be sent as the 1st two tribes competing.


3 posted on 06/04/2012 7:55:53 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: garjog

Top Gear goes to mars.

“As is customary on Top Gear, we left our fallen comrade to fend for himself.”


4 posted on 06/04/2012 8:00:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: garjog

Not too awful far from the plot of the Anime “Starship Operators”. Reality show funding space endeavors.

More power to them, but good luck with the financing. Would greatly suck for colonists to have the funding cut/show canceled.


5 posted on 06/04/2012 8:03:33 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: garjog

Look, if Obama wins in 2012 we might all want to volunteer for a one way ticket to Mars.


6 posted on 06/04/2012 8:04:48 PM PDT by garjog
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To: garjog
Replace the spaceships with tents, and that top picture looks like somewhere I lived. Take buttfloss and q-tips.

/johnny

7 posted on 06/04/2012 8:08:31 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: garjog

I wouldn’t want to be the poor bastards to go there because they would be a bankruptcy away from death.


8 posted on 06/04/2012 8:12:13 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: garjog
Mars would be a cool place to visit, but maybe not to live there for the rest of your life. Guess that is what keeps the costs down.


9 posted on 06/04/2012 8:12:48 PM PDT by garjog
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To: garjog

What a terrible idea. This is a classic case of running before you’ve learned to walk. Establish a lunar colony to get the kinks out (where you’re within reasonable rescue range) or even independent space stations in the Earth’s Lagrange points. Build your Mars-bound ship from there and you’re not dedicating needless resources to overcome escape velocity. Yes, the first Martian “settlers” will spend the rest of their lives there. The problem is that it’s likely to be a very short period of time.


10 posted on 06/04/2012 8:17:38 PM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: garjog

they are full of *

They couldn’t even do a colony on the moon. They sure as hell ain’t doing a colony on mars.


11 posted on 06/04/2012 8:18:53 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: garjog

Let’s do it.


12 posted on 06/04/2012 8:21:43 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: garjog

What could go wrong?


13 posted on 06/04/2012 8:23:18 PM PDT by ILS21R (John Locke: When the social contract is broken, the people must revolt.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Nah, they’d be useless without private everything, including maids.


14 posted on 06/04/2012 8:23:36 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: Renderofveils

“What a terrible idea.”

Yes, establishing a Martian colony is a terrible idea — just like sending small, rickety wooden boats across the Atlantic in the 1400 to explore the new world.

They had no idea what they would find, and faced the possibility of a short life due to hostile native attacks, stormed or starvation.

Really terrible idea.

Much better to stay put in nice, safe Europe for a few hundred years until the get the kinks out.


15 posted on 06/04/2012 8:24:29 PM PDT by garjog
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To: garjog

I might even watch that show.


16 posted on 06/04/2012 8:25:53 PM PDT by REDWOOD99 ("Everyone should pay taxes. Everyone should pay the same rate.)
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To: garjog
Exploring Mars in 2023 would be like Columbus exploring the new world in 1492. Scary, life threatening, impractical and thoroughly unsafe.

Good thing he did it or Elizabeth Warren would still be living with her tribe.


17 posted on 06/04/2012 8:30:54 PM PDT by garjog
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To: garjog
Much better to stay put in nice, safe Europe for a few hundred years until the get the kinks out.

The first manned space mission wasn't to land on the moon. You don't run a marathon without taking a few laps around the block. And to use your example, the caravels used by Columbus had been used for exploration for the better part of 50 years prior to his journey. They didn't just whip them up within ten years of achieving Columbus's goal. They were tested. The one untested carrack he used wound up running aground.
18 posted on 06/04/2012 8:37:40 PM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
because they would be a bankruptcy away from death.

Aren't we all?

19 posted on 06/04/2012 8:40:27 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1231 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: Renderofveils

“You don’t run a marathon without taking a few laps around the block.”

If you are saying that trans-Atlantic sea travel had been perfected by Columbus’s time I would question that. These ventures were quite risky.

It is a false analogy to say that space exploration is like a runner who hasn’t prepared for a marathon.

Space travel has been developing for the last 60 years, with the moon landings, shuttle program, space station, pervasive orbiting satellites, un-manned robotic crafts and recently privately financed space ships.

Now is the time for another leap forward.

Who says that we can’t take a giant risk, especially if it is with volunteers using private money?

This program is similar to pioneers crossing the continent in covered wagons — not long after Lewis and Clark mapped it.

The robotic drones will go to Mars first to set things up.

Sounds doable to me.


20 posted on 06/04/2012 8:49:59 PM PDT by garjog
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To: garjog

Can you be president of Kenya if your born on Mars?


21 posted on 06/04/2012 8:55:30 PM PDT by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: garjog

Let them try it—on their own dime— rather trillions, quadrillions—never mind, it will never happen. What purpose will it serve? I can think of one—to keep the US paying for nonsense. I am all for it but no public funding.


22 posted on 06/04/2012 9:03:06 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: garjog

Yes. They should have all the reality shows on Mars. With no air supply.


23 posted on 06/04/2012 9:21:32 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (nobody gives me warheads anyway))
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To: garjog
If you are saying that trans-Atlantic sea travel had been perfected by Columbus’s time I would question that. These ventures were quite risky.

Perfected, no. Tried before by other seamen? Yes. 980(-ish), Eric the Red landed in Greenland. Almost 500 years before Columbus, Ericson set foot in Canada. Sailors regularly hit the Azores in the 1300s coming back from the Canary Islands. All of these required technology and skills honed over years. 60 years of experience is all well and good, but can you name the last time a human being went outside of Low Earth Orbit? Let me help you out. It returned to Earth December 14, 1972.

So in those 40 years we've figured out how to battle the problems with prolonged microgravity? Sure, in Low Earth Orbit. Outer space is a completely different ballgame. It takes about 214 days to reach Mars from Earth. You do realize that everyone on that mission would be tied for 10th place on the most time spent in space by the time they get there? (That's counting LEO flights.) Don't get me wrong, I think putting a colony on Mars is a great idea, eventually. Put a successful colony on the moon first, and Mars becomes a realistic goal. Right now, it's a deathtrap.
24 posted on 06/04/2012 9:31:23 PM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: garjog

Back in the day the sold subscriptions for trade and exploration ventures. Some folks got very rich.


25 posted on 06/04/2012 9:51:00 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Ineptocracy; the Obama way.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Great story line, funding cut, show cancelled, to the earthbound the story is “It was really just a VR show, an ad lib... With executives expecting the cast to quietly perish on Mars. Then, 75 years later, the Phoebos class Martian dreadnought appears in orbit, filled with pissed off reality show ancestors...


26 posted on 06/04/2012 10:55:42 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: garjog; NormsRevenge; cripplecreek; Norm Lenhart; JRandomFreeper; Blood of Tyrants; ...

Sheila Jackson Lee
Member of the U.S. House
of Representatives
from Texas's 18th district [DEMOCRAT]

On a visit to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2005, Jackson Lee made embarrassing news by asking if the Mars Pathfinder had taken an image of the flag planted there in 1969 by Neil Armstrong.[2]

Prior to the 110th Congress, Jackson Lee served on the House Science Committee and on the Subcommittee that oversees space policy and NASA.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheila_Jackson_Lee#Political_career

27 posted on 06/04/2012 11:36:41 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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28 posted on 06/04/2012 11:41:37 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

I’m surprised she didn’t say Lance Armstrong.


29 posted on 06/04/2012 11:48:51 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: wastedyears

I doubt she’s even heard of him. Folks like Sheila Jackass Lee live in a tiny (simple) little bubble.


30 posted on 06/04/2012 11:54:09 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: garjog; KevinDavis; SunkenCiv
The future starts here PING!

Interesting idea - maybe my kids will see it.

31 posted on 06/05/2012 1:15:05 AM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Norm Lenhart

[ Not too awful far from the plot of the Anime “Starship Operators”. Reality show funding space endeavors. ]

That was an awesome storyline in that series and also had some interesting “big government gone amuck” type shadow storyline in it.


32 posted on 06/08/2012 8:47:49 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: cripplecreek
[ Top Gear goes to mars.

“As is customary on Top Gear, we left our fallen comrade to fend for himself.” ]

Nice!

Of course I hear Reality and Space Colonization and the next thing I think of is this...

I say we call it the "Bad Wolf" show!

33 posted on 06/08/2012 8:54:12 AM PDT by GraceG
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34 posted on 06/10/2012 3:45:30 PM PDT by KevinDavis (In order for the human race to survive, Space is the final frontier.)
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To: KevinDavis
Space is a very dangerous place. The show might prove a little too real if those start going wrong.
35 posted on 06/10/2012 3:49:35 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin; Darksheare

Remember...in space, no one can hear you scarmable for hilfe!


36 posted on 06/10/2012 3:56:57 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Be yourself. Everyone else is taken!)
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To: garjog

A media-run Mars trip, what could go wrong? ;)

And no reality show would be complete without some liberal "bad boys" involved. ;)

Sam Waterston, James Brolin and O. J. Simpson.

The sad thing is that the viewers would probably prefer a "fake" trip to a real one now a days.

37 posted on 06/10/2012 6:54:27 PM PDT by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: garjog

Does Mars have a magnetic field to protect itself from deadly Solar radiation?
Nope
Are we going to travel to mars with the Earth constantly at our back to shield us?

Actually I read somewhere that it would take surprisingly low power to create a solar wind shield outside of ones craft.
A slight opposing magnetic field is all it takes?
i dunno.....


38 posted on 06/11/2012 7:20:24 PM PDT by mowowie
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