Is colonizing Mars a waste of resources? | The Tylt
Is colonizing Mars a waste of resources?
Critics of Mars colonization aren't arguing against the merit of space travel. Instead they think that the money and resources that would go towards that endeavor would be better spent here on Earth. The exorbitant amounts of money that it would take to go to Mars could be spent developing sustainable technologies or addressing social issues.
The money spent for "a trip to Mars" could correct many deficiencies here on Earth, although raises for Congress is not to be considered as one of those needs. I have a theory concerning "a future Earth" that has merit and I feel science should consider some of the positives of this theory before they spend billions on a trip to Mars that shows no promise. I admit it would be an achievement, but why? Are bragging rights that important?
Supporters of Mars colonization argue that colonization is the only way to ensure humanity's existence in the future. History shows that the Earth often suffers mass extinctions and cataclysmic events. Colonizing Mars would create a second set of humans to ensure that humans never go extinct.
'I think there is a strong humanitarian argument for making life multi-planetary,' he told me, ‘in order to safeguard the existence of humanity in the event that something catastrophic were to happen, in which case being poor or having a disease would be irrelevant, because humanity would be extinct. It would be like, “Good news, the problems of poverty and disease have been solved, but the bad news is there aren’t any humans left.”’