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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-24-2018, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by coyotejoe View Post
I don't know why it should take someone like Bill Nye to sum up the obvious but he does sum it up very well saying "are you guys high"?
At present the failure rate for unmanned missions to Mars is over 50%, and that is just to get here, getting back again would probably be ever more difficult so the failure rate over all would approach 100%. Any volunteers?
Not to mention what all can happen to you once you are there. We now know that sand traps can be a major problem.
They would look like all the solid ground around them. So you wouldn't it was there until it was to late.
Radiation and dirt storms that last for months would be another factor to deal with. And we don't know if any
water there is even potable, or if could even be made potable.
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And coyote is right, over 40% of any past probes that have been sent there have failed. We're getting better
at it but not as good as we would need to be. Most of the past failures were due to reentry, or communication problems. The seven minutes waiting to see if we made it or not cuts down on our reaction time. A lot can go wrong in seven minutes and that's only one way.

That's what happened to the Japanese years ago when they tried to send a satellite to Mars. The 14 minute time lapse was to long for them to adjust its course. Results? A spectacular fireball reentry.
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