Robotic Space Probes — Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

  1. Focus on Mars is misguided. One reason is that boots on the ground won’t increase our knowledge about the planet much.
  2. Many other destinations are more interesting than Mars. Reasons why are various, but some Jovian and Saturn moons have more lifelike conditions than Mars. Venus has the possibility of airships with breathable gas.
  3. More smaller missions to the outer solar-system moons would be better. Later it is elaborated that more diversity in missions would be better, and that it would be a shame for us to dedicate all/most resources to one big Mars program.
  4. A holding pattern with Mars would be good until we have a better idea of what’s needed to support human presence.
  5. The motivations for Mars is “for the sake of humans on Mars” while we have the right reasons for exploring other planets and other moons.
  6. As a concession, the vlogger “could get behind” a manned mission to orbit Mars while controlling things on the surface.

These Opinions are Very Common

My Response

This is not Moon-First, Mars-First

Why Mars is a Worthy Goal

Robotic Probes are One-Off Affairs

Make Spaceflight Routine

It’s not About Manned Spaceflight, it’s About Infrastructure

Bigger Budgetary Picture

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