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One Way Ticket

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Inspired by To Boldly Go: A One-Way Human Mission to Mars (Dirk Schulze-Makuch and Paul Davies, Journal of Cosmology).

I actually think it’s a pretty clever plan

To colonize Mars with a 60 year old man.

It’s a man because the radiation would harm women in their childbearing years

(Not sure why that means older women couldn’t join in breaking those final Martian frontiers.)

He’s got to be over 60 because they wouldn’t be bringing him back,

And he might not be able to be up there long before he started to crack.

Maybe this idea will appeal to the GOP

As a way to cut spending on Social Security.

Or, if it turns out that’s a job no American would want

We could just send up an illegal immigrant.

That would make the plan more likely to get GOP approval

As a means of illegal alien removal.

Something like wouldn’t be supported by you or me,

But it’s just one small step for the GOP.


Here’s your theme music, I’ve Got My One-Way Ticket To The Sky by the great Hank Williams.


Here’s Keith’s 11/16/10 report on the proposal that the timetable for a manned (and it would be manned, not womaned, as Keith explains) mission to Mars could be significantly moved up by making it a one-way trip. Keith doesn’t seem to like the idea.

Here’s the trailer from a really good movie on the subject that I watched recently and would highly recommend, Moon (different planet, similar theme).

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