GOING TO MARS?
People rarely venture into my blog here because they are forewarned that I am especially spacey on this blog. I have one blog dedicated to aerospace ventures and another one is exclusively a bible study. Both are a step away from “normal” space, and this one is a declared alternate reality zone. You should know that I speculate about things that are beyond scientific or spiritual measurements commonly accepted in present day society here.
You may know that I am a fan of the old TV shows “Northern Exposure” and “Star Trek”. Both develop a large cast of characters operating in and out of normal spiritual and physical reality. Isolated communities offer challenges and characters offer unique solutions to each situation. Everyone gets a chance to be the “town nut” for a season.
Can you see where I’m going now? “Mars One” is asking for volunteers for a one way trip to Mars. http://www.mars-one.com/en/mission/mission-vision
It is Mars One’s goal to establish a human settlement on Mars.
Human settlement of Mars is the next giant leap for humankind. Exploring the solar system as a united humanity will bring us all closer together. Mars is the stepping stone of the human race on its voyage into the universe. Human settlement on Mars will aid our understanding of the origins of the solar system, the origins of life and our place in the universe. As with the Apollo Moon landings, a human mission to Mars will inspire generations to believe that all things are possible, anything can be achieved.
Now before you start giggling, investigate the team and advisers of this group. There are PHDs ranging from astroscience to religion on this adventure. They are serious, and so are over 200,000 volunteers to go on the mission. I doubt if many of them have spent time in a spam can in space yet though. There will be problems. As Forrest Gump said, “It happens”.
I can fantasize with the best of them, having spent time in an engineering design career. I participated in building real aerospace vehicles on Aerojet and Boeing projects. When the “X-Prize began I delivered design services to a number of rocket scientists. Those relationships led to two patents for improved aerospace systems. I also take my business on the road in a tiny travel trailer that has it’s mechanical issues along the way. Sharing a shoe box and a twin bed with a 100 lb. dog is a little issue too. The changing views each morning outside the window are a major trip even here on the earth. One night offers the Mojave desert stars and another morning is a blizzard at 10,00 feet in Wyoming’s Snowy Range mountains. Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas is where Captain Kirk was “buried” by Captain Picard. This was great fuel for space cadet fantasies! http://exospace.wordpress.com/
So where am I going? To space! No, I’m not volunteering for the actual flight…yet. I am proposing a television adventure to preview the great Mars adventure. There is enough material here for a great story with a mixture of drama and humor. Northern Exposure and MASH were great examples of this genre of entertainment. Star Trek went farther into the future than our technology delivers today but this trip is just within reach. Star Trek did deliver a pretty good soap opera at times too though. We don’t need aliens yet, the human race is already overloaded with plot sickeners…er thickeners.
Aliens may have been listening to us long enough to know to stay away for a bit longer. But would they be tempted to try a first encounter in space, where the culture and timeline of earth would not spread or receive contamination? I would not object to a return visit of the “Third Rock From The Sun”. Perhaps a senior Mary Albright might finally make the journey to space to find that silly Dick who skipped out on her! Who knows if the Mars capsule might encounter an old Rambler Convertible in space? The Starship Voyager ran into Amelia Earhart!
Who would mission control employ on such a venture? I would like to see Maurice Minifield come out of retirement for this one. And who could do a sonic “boom” like Babylon 5’s Commander Ivanova? https://www.facebook.com/ClaudiaChristianFanPage With confined spaces and isolation a cultural mix can build great storylines. Ed Chigliak meets Mr. Sulu and Commander Worf? But of course real astronauts are boring, right? They never have any love triangle stories at NASA, right?
OK, I miss the great sci-fi adventures, but this could lead to science FACT. Mars One is a real space venture with a big uphill mission to organize. Bringing the story back to the public might help their mission and advance interest in science education again. We are not shining in this area today. http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/03/21733705-us-teens-lag-in-global-education-rankings-as-asian-countries-rise-to-the-top
I want to invite “Mars One” and Hollywood producers to consider mutual opportunities that could create real adventures and real commerce. A pilot film can be produced on a low budget with support from crowd-funding. I had a lot of fun with Darren Burrow’s Indygogo campaign. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/northern-exposed-by-darren-burrows–2 Even the proposal stage can be a lot of fun, and there is a lot of potential to reach unexpected goals to follow.
I would like to invite the great J. Michael Straczynski to look at this one. His “Babylon 5” delivered a vast range of character action and spiritual visions. One episode recalled the biblical condemnation that confined Satan to earth and proposed that the devil might hitch-hike to space on a human vessel. How much fun would it be to have spiritual warfare in the confines of a space spam can? Is that imagination or what?
HOWEVER…we don’t feel disappointment in small steps either. There are a lot of great mini-entertainment series on U-Tube too. Brent (Data) Spiner created a parody of his “fall” from Star Trek Fame here. A single video short could run viral and launch a lot of traffic and support if done right. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JveAkAo6FLA
Well, I became “unemployable” five years ago. They don’t think my computer skills are current enough for “real” design work. But you can see that I keep a l;ot of irons in the fire. If you can’t join them LICK them! I will compete with the world that rejected me! We should not let our economy fail because the world is losing hope. There is a place for hope in hard times. The “Golden Age of Aviation” came during the great depression. We are not meant to be people without a vision for the future:
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. Proverbs 29:18
Entertainment can help to build a real future. We are witnessing many realities that were imagined first on “Star Trek” today. Perhaps we can envision a world that can see harmony of science and faith. Human experience brings a time for every purpose and every emotion. Looking ahead we should find something to believe in, a substance for our faith. The Mars One team encompasses a full range of expertise which may offer a look at a future for Earth as well as Mars. I can envision anything…http://exospace.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/ta-pocketa-pocketa/