Why would scientists want to colonize Mars?

Because they can . . . maybe.

There are reports today saying scientists are talking about deploying a giant magnetic shield that could make Mars habitable.

I don’t want to get into the scientific details; you can read about them in a report on the Science Alert site or on various other sites.

It all sounds fanciful, as the article points out, but you have to think if there is a chance of success, scientists will give it a shot.

Which opens up all kinds of possibilities, if they can find enough pioneering people to volunteer to leave this little blue planet — and never return.

I can only imagine what it would be like for those leaving Earth behind, looking back at this blue jewel in the universe as they travelled away from it. It makes me homesick just thinking about it.

So, I am wondering: how many of you would consider making the journey if you were able to do so, i.e. if you were young enough, fit enough and had the skills required?


— Jillian

Photo: This view of the twilight sky and Martian horizon taken by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover includes Earth as the brightest point of light in the night sky. Earth is a little left of center in the image, and our moon is just below Earth. (Photo: NASA)