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Which rocket would you take to Mars?

by duelafn (Parson)
on Aug 01, 2020 at 17:45 UTC ( #11120203=poll: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Vote on this poll

1st - Yeah Mars!
[bar] 15/11%
10th - Someone else first
[bar] 15/11%
100th - Mars, the next generation
[bar] 12/8%
1000th - I want to see some stability
[bar] 16/11%
10000th - I want my White Castle
[bar] 13/9%
Never - Someone's got to stay on Earth
[bar] 32/23%
None - I've already been to Mars enough times
[bar] 15/11%
N/A - I was born on Mars
[bar] 12/8%
All of them, as I will be the pilot
[bar] 12/8%
142 total votes
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Re: Which rocket would you take to Mars?
by swampyankee (Parson) on Aug 07, 2020 at 14:17 UTC

    One far enough downstream so that Martian tourism is affordable to a retired school teacher. With luck, this will be before my heirs would book a round trip for my ashes.

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Re: Which rocket would you take to Mars?
by Lady_Aleena (Priest) on Aug 07, 2020 at 22:25 UTC

    I wouldn't go because the martian soil is toxic.

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Re: Which rocket would you take to Mars?
by Athanasius (Archbishop) on Aug 02, 2020 at 14:09 UTC

    During the journey between Thulcandra (Earth, the “Silent Planet”) and Malacandra (Mars):

    But Ransom, as time wore on, became aware of another and more spiritual cause for his progressive lightening and exultation of heart. A nightmare, long engendered in the modern mind by the mythology that follows in the wake of science, was falling off him. He had read of ‘Space’: at the back of his thinking for years had lurked the dismal fancy of the black, cold vacuity, the utter deadness, which was supposed to separate the worlds. He had not known how much it affected him till now—now that the very name ‘Space’ seemed a blasphemous libel for this empyrean ocean of radiance in which they swam. He could not call it ‘dead’; he felt life pouring into him from it every moment. How indeed should it be otherwise, since out of this ocean all the worlds and all their life had come? He had thought it barren: he now saw that it was the womb of worlds, whose blazing and innumerable offspring looked down nightly even upon the earth with so many eyes—and here, with how many more! No: Space was the wrong name.

    C. S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet

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Re: Which rocket would you take to Mars?
by karlgoethebier (Abbot) on Aug 02, 2020 at 14:17 UTC

    None. Because I can’t imagine a place worse than this planet Mars. Except Mar-a-Lago.

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Re: Which rocket would you take to Mars?
by LanX (Saint) on Aug 02, 2020 at 15:37 UTC
Re: Which rocket would you take to Mars?
by perldigious (Priest) on Aug 06, 2020 at 13:44 UTC

    If I was ever going to Mars, we better be way past "rockets" technologically as the means to get there... Once we've figured out how to make wormholes I'll consider a vacation there to hit up all the major tourist draws, until then there are plenty of weird enough places right here on Earth I can visit and do the same thing.

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      If I was ever going to Mars, we better be way past "rockets" technologically as the means to get there... Once we've figured out how to make wormholes I'll consider a vacation there [...]

      That reminds me of a really great idea to start a space opera, the Commonwealth Saga by Peter F. Hamilton, which is both a really good PR stunt and a great prank to spoil a second "one small step". Quoting Wikipedia:

      Pandora's Star

      The book opens with a short section providing backstory. As part of the first mission to Mars, a team of astronauts exits their spacecraft for the first time, only to see another man standing there, connected to an air hose that leads through a wormhole to a laboratory in California. The wormhole generator's inventors, Nigel Sheldon and Ozzie Isaacs, chose to test it by beating the crew, by moments, to become the first humans to reach Mars. The saga then moves into the Commonwealth era in 2380, when humanity has used the wormhole technology to colonise several hundred planets across hundreds of light years.

      Oh, and by the way, you travel from planet to planet through the wormholes by train, as does freight.


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Re: Which rocket would you take to Mars?
by Anonymous Monk on Aug 02, 2020 at 08:46 UTC

    The rockets set the bony meadows afire, turned rock to lava, turned wood to charcoal, transmitted water to steam, made sand and silica into green glass which lay like shattered mirrors reflecting the invasion, all about. The rockets came like drums, beating in the night. The rockets came like locusts, swarming and settling in blooms of rosy smoke. And from the rockets ran men with hammers in their hands to beat the strange world into a shape that was familiar to the eye, to bludgeon away all the strangeness, their mouths fringed with nails so they resembled steel-toothed carnivores, spitting them into their swift hands as they hammered up frame cottages and scuttled over roofs with shingles to blot out the eerie stars, and fit green shades to pull against the night...

Re: Which rocket would you take to Mars?
by cavac (Vicar) on Jun 01, 2021 at 14:18 UTC

    In my century, i prefer to fly on the Planet Express Ship.

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