Dear Division 16
You may have heard about the plan afoot to send regular people to Mars in 2024. People around the world are applying to be aboard this flight and 6 Canadians have been shortlisted to date. This is being undertaken by a non-profit company and you can read more about it on that company’s website:
There are many concerns being raised about this proposed one-way trip to Mars (the passengers would be expected to start a community on Mars and not to return to Earth).
One article that addresses concerns about the Mars-One flight can be found here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/mars-one-plan-has-potentially-deadly-flaws-scientists-say-1.2803870 You can find links to related stories on the left hand side of this page.
For your blog assignment this week, take a look at the Mars One webpage and then read the second article on the CBC website. If you are interested, or need more information, please follow the other links within that article or on the left hand side of the page, then answer ONE of the following questions:
1. Do you think it is ethical or fair to ask everyday people (not astronauts) to undertake this flight without having experience, knowledge or training about what conditions they will encounter when they arrive? Why or why not?
2. In the past, space travel has been conducted and funded by government. Do you think projects like this should be funded by private individuals or companies? Does this create any problems?
3. Do you believe the information provided on the Mars One website? Why or why not?