The case for the move to Mars

The case for the move to Mars

Visiting Mars is a bit like visiting a hotel bar in Dubai: there is no atmosphere, there is no drinking, and when you go outside, you probably die.

It's a desolate, lifeless ball of red dirt about 140 million miles away, where nothing grows, where a dust storm can cover the planet and rage for months, and where the temperature can drop to minus 130 degrees Celsius. That's colder than Dunedin. In addition, a day on Mars is 39 minutes and 35.244 seconds longer than a day on Earth. You can imagine the Trip Advisor ratings with a star.

"Too dusty, days longer, but no late checkout available! Do not miss it."

"Life is hard there, but beautiful," says Clementine Poidatz, who plays the physicist Amelie Durand in the hybrid doc / drama show Mars by National Geographic. "Anything that happens can potentially be a disaster, because we're so far from home, no chance of help, far from your family, your loved ones, good food, good cheese." (Clementine is French.) The planet is too far away to even call or skype your family. The delay on the line would be ten minutes or more. They are limited to video messages or cryptic status updates.

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