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Mars mission: yes! I would like to express my opinion that a manned mission to Mars is an enterprise that must be carried out in the next few decades.

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Introduction

Dear Mr. President, the United States is drawing up a plan that may shape the future of space exploration and technology and furthermore, mankind itself. It intends to embark on a manned mission to Mars in the early 2030s, but there has been many debates about this plan. Not only the experts but the general population at large has divided opinions. They have doubts about firstly, whether such a mission is really necessary and secondly, whether it is so important to be put above many other big-scale plans concerning all domains of policy and lastly whether it is logically and scientifically realistic and realizable. I will now write about my view on this subject. I would like to express my opinion that a manned mission to Mars is an enterprise that must be carried out in the next few decades. I would like to state one major reason that I have to support my view that landing spacecraft with cosmonauts on Mars is needed. It is that we may be able to build a basis on which the colonization of Mars may be achieved if research results yield that it is indeed possible through the 500-day stay on Mars of the astronauts. ...read more.

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Firstly, the objectives of a manned mission to Mars should not be limited to the significance in its achievement, nor to the research of the planet to find out about its history. It is then my position that such a mission is not strictly necessary or advisable considering the financial and technological resources that shall be invested into the mission. Explorations using robots and machines are much more effective for finding traces of water, oxygen or evidence of life. A trip only for its significance, is absurd, completely ineffective, and, if I may add, a waste of resources. The Apollo missions carried out for 5 years from 1969 to 1973 were focused on the significance of landing on the moon. Still, the difference between the moon and Mars must be recognized. It took only from 1 to 2 weeks to carry out a manned mission to the moon. In contrary a mission to Mars is expected to take 900 days only for the cosmonauts while the preliminary transportation of cargo and the actual mission together would take almost 5 years. ...read more.

Conclusion

The most important point should be the laying of fundamental conceptions for a human colony on Mars. The significance of the trip and scientific research should be laid aside from the main objectives. That is for as I have mentioned robot research is most effective and a trip only to be laid down on the records is most ineffective. You must also consider the scale of the mission so as not to cause any discomfiture on the USA's and the world's plans for many affairs to resolve. 5If you successfully and appropriately lay the foundations for the mission by careful planning and organization, a manned mission to Mars will be visualized and it will reap great achievements and success. This furthermore and eventually will benefit all humankind and commence a new era of space exploitation. In that age, the conquest of the universe will be ours and the secrets of the foundations of our world will be unraveled and laid bare at our feet. Thank you very much, and I again hope that you will make the right choice for all of us. Yours Most Sincerely, Mu Jin Choi ...read more.

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