THEY SAY THIS IS THE ONE TO TAKE THEM TO MARS..... WELL EVENTUALLY ABOUT IN THE 2030s, WHEN THEY HAVE INVENTED OTHER THINGS NEEDED FOR SUCH A JOURNEY.
NOW YOU TALK ABOUT A BUNCH OF SILLY AND WASTEFUL EFFORTS AND HUGE SUMS OF MONEY..... THIS IS IT!!
Main article: Climate of Mars
Of all the planets in the Solar System, the seasons of Mars are the most Earth-like, due to the similar tilts of the two planets' rotational axes. The lengths of the Martian seasons are about twice those of Earth's because Mars's greater distance from the Sun leads to the Martian year being about two Earth years long. Martian surface temperatures vary from lows of about −143 °C (at the winter polar caps) to highs of up to 35 °C (in equatorial summer). The wide range in temperatures is due to the thin atmosphere which cannot store much solar heat, the low atmospheric pressure, and the low thermal inertia of Martian soil. The planet is also 1.52 times as far from the Sun as Earth, resulting in just 43% of the amount of sunlight.
If Mars had an Earth-like orbit, its seasons would be similar to Earth's because its axial tilt is similar to Earth's. The comparatively large eccentricity of the Martian orbit has a significant effect. Mars is near perihelion when it is summer in the southern hemisphere and winter in the north, and near aphelion when it is winter in the southern hemisphere and summer in the north. As a result, the seasons in the southern hemisphere are more extreme and the seasons in the northern are milder than would otherwise be the case. The summer temperatures in the south can reach up to 30 kelvins warmer than the equivalent summer temperatures in the north.
Mars also has the largest dust storms in the Solar System. These can vary from a storm over a small area, to gigantic storms that cover the entire planet. They tend to occur when Mars is closest to the Sun, and have been shown to increase the global temperature.
THEY HAVE TO BE FROZEN IN THE HEAD AND BLOWN ABOUT IN THE MIND; TO WANT TO DO SUCH A THING; I MEAN GIVE ME A BREAK, AS IF MANKIND CAN EVER FUNCTION IN A RATIONAL LOGICAL WAY, LIVING ON A DEAD DRY PLANET........WITH TEMPERATURES AND DUST STORMS LIKE ... WELL WILD TO SAY THE LEAST.
UTTERLY STUPID and an utter waste of billions of tax-payer dollars, especially when there are much more worthy ways and causes, to spend that money on.
THIS AIN'T LIKE GOING OFF TO FIND A NEW CONTINENT AS THE EUROPEANS DID IN SETTLING THE AMERICAS.
I CAN'T THINK OF ONE THING THAT A DEAD COLD DESERT PLANET LIKE MARS IS GOING TO DO FOR MANKIND..... WELL MAYBE ONE...... A BIG FAT EGO HEAD OF PRIDE AND VANITY, THAT MAN COULD SO DO IT.
JUST ONE MORE REASON WHY GOD SAID IN HIS PROPHETIC WORD TO OUR NATIONS, "....YOUR LEADERS ARE MAD....."