[ExI] Humans on Mars

Edward Haigh eh at edwardhaigh.com
Thu Aug 24 09:19:27 UTC 2017

I disagree. What use is money when you're on Mars *and never returning to

The only reason I would want to be paid is if I had dependants on Earth.

If NASA offered you a one way trip to Mars, including all the equipment
needed to live there and start the first colony of humans, and you had no
dependants - would you really care about a bank balance on Earth?

On Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 10:13 AM, BillK <pharos at gmail.com> wrote:

> There are plans under discussion to send humans to Mars, with many
> technical problems to be solved. A round trip will take many years and
> one suggestion is that settlers on Mars would stay there and never
> return to Earth.
> One thought has occurred to me that I don't remember being discussed
> and it applies to all deep space missions.
> How do these travellers get paid if they never return to Earth?
> Money and status are the usual rewards for humans. But these
> travellers are not returning to Earth. If deep space travel requires
> volunteers prepared to work for nothing, going on what could be
> thought of as almost suicide missions, then you are going to get some
> very unusual (strange?) people applying.
> BillK
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