Recently I had the unquestionable pleasure of watching a fictional documentary about the expedition to Mars (Netflix).
As Lucy I may have some questions and concerns in relation to your research.
Our Mother Earth has no special conditions to live in. The Earth is kind of not very hospitable.
After all it’s us who have adapted to live on Earth, not the opposite, as many people think.
A billion years ago our Moon was orbiting up to 30 times closer to the Earth which was at the time a rocky surface under a volcanic sky. The Earth was spinning at a crazy pace for a long time. Only the gradual receding of the moon calmed down our crazy ballerina. The 150-meter-high tsunami waves, formed during this dance, began to gradually descend.
Everything has changed and we were all able to slowly inhabit Earth.
However, deep down in the oceans, some new life forms are still evolving in an environment apparently impossible to imagine for us.
Nowadays our good old moon has a distance to Earth equal to 384,400 km while Phobos (a bit larger than Deimos, second moon of Mars) orbits only 3,700 miles (6,000 kilometers) above the Martian surface. It whips around Mars three times a day, while the more distant Deimos takes 30 hours for each orbit. According to NASA, scientists predict that these two moons will be crushed into Mars' surface in 50 millions years anyway.
... Dear Elon
It is the third decade of the 21st century, the age of reason and vaccination, and we are sitting locked in our homes as poor little bunnies, here on Earth.
Back to our trip to Mars:
What is our social status on Mars?
Are we all “Martians” already?
Why are we even going there?
Is it about us or natural resources and profit?
I heard that you will team with legendary geneticist Craig Venter, who wants to print life on the Red Planet. As Craig Venter said (and many scientists believe in it), “biological teleportation is what is going to truly enable the colonization of Mars”.
Sounds really cool and promising and where are we then? Finally, the language. What bothers me are simple terms and definitions such as “the interplanetary species”, “space exploration” or “the colonization of the Solar System”. There is a problem: how do we understand the concepts of scale, evolution or free will? According to Robert M. Sapolsky, "free will" is a biology that we haven’t discovered yet in terms of the microscale of our globe. Despite this, we are brazen enough to sell ready-made scenarios about what will happen on Mars until the end of this strange century.
I often have the impression that the thin line between humanism and the development of technology is being crossed for the sake of so-called research and rationality. For decades, humanism has been successively displaced from all important spheres of our lives, including primary and secondary education.
As I mentioned before, we did not conquer the Earth millions of years ago. We just adapted to very hostile conditions. Is the statement about the “colonization” of space or Mars another gaggle of our exuberant ego?
If we look at our origins with care and humility, we may understand again that it is not us who will go on this journey.
Your sincerely Lucy