" Epilogue "
The mysteries of
our planetary system and those fascinating words
"The Universe" will always be perplexing and intriguing to all of those who
wonder what is out beyond this wonderful blue planet called Earth. As our
"Star-Trek" and "Star Wars" fantasies have stirred our imaginations into a frenzy
of excitement with the romantic notions of unlimited space travel, I have some reserved
thoughts about the things that one may experience. Going into space "where no man has gone
before" may not be as exciting as it seems. I do not adhere to the "Big Bang Theory" because it is
just a theory and nothing more, but I do believe in intelligent design & engineering & purpose by
intelligent thought that has overcome the limitations of this "Universe" including our marvelous solar
system. I am constantly amazed at the uncharted egos of university educated doctorates that in the scant time
period of 20 to 30 years have convinced the population and their colleagues that all their theoretical
hypothesis are the rock bottom truth because they can persuade others to agree with them.
There are a few things
that through observation I must consider concerning the nature of "Man" and his
history in all the time periods of his
existence. First I have to consider the ancient written words concerning the "Planet Earth". John:1-5
In the beginning was the
Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the
beginning with God. All things were
made by him and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life and the life was the light of men. And the light shined
in the darkness and the darkness comprehended it not. Heb: 11:3 - Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of
God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
This statement covers a
time period that was without the restraints of time, energy or the
existence of mankind. When God made this
planet using his home world as a model, He included a marvelous substance sometimes referred to as the "Universal Solvent", good old H2O,
Water! Without this planet being covered and saturated in it, there would not be "Life" as we ultimately appreciate all of the myriad forms
that it takes on this planet. Human Beings are water creatures; we are made of water, we are attracted to water in all forms, and we must have a
moist temperature controlled environment to survive. Stop and ask yourself, from the time you arise in the morning, notice, how many times and
in how many ways are you are constantly hydrating yourself externally and internally. Drinking constantly, washing, brushing, and think about
during your daily routine how much you expel water and moisture. Water is required for the elimination of toxins and waste through the digestive
system, lymph system, liver, kidneys, and sweat glands. It also promotes metabolism, provides oxygen to cells, and fills spaces inside and between
cells for healthy skin & toned muscle. The general recommendation is that you should consume 1/2 ounce per pound of body weight (30ml/kg)
per day (thatís ten eight-ounce glasses for a 160 pound person). Your lungs expel between two and four cups of water each day through normal
breathing - even more on a cold day. If you make half a dozen trips to the rest room during the day, that's six cups of water. Without water you
can not stay alive. The huge amounts of good clean water each human being has to have in order to be sustained with life and health over a
two or three year period is enormous. Also, we have reasonably, good, healthy sanitation on "Earth" because of gravity and an abundance of
clean water, plus the sanitary engineering principals of indoor plumbing. At 100 gallons per day per person, you would need 36,500 gallons
per year, per person, that is protected and not frozen solid at the freezing temperatures experienced in space and on other planets.
For an expedition period of 744 days, not counting traveling time, a crew of 4 would need 297,600 gallons of H2O, either stockpiled
or extracted and it would be equivalent to two million five hundred and thirty thousand pounds ( @8.5 per/gal ) in earth's gravity.
Mars can experience
temperatures of 100 degrees below during an average night or winter
If all the water, sanitation, and plumbing problems are solved, human beings cannot survive long without a constant
temperature controlled environment. That requires large amounts of energy around the clock. Humans cannot work externally to their
controlled environments for long periods without constant nourishment and hydration. As time passes, spirit and hope must be maintained
in order to keep a stable mental attitude. To maintain all this for four souls for a period of 2 years and two weeks plus an emergency
standby pack of an additional 2 years and two weeks is an enormous logistics problem. Everything critical has to have backups and
the comprehensive understanding that solar radiation may in fact kill the visitors, pretty well negates the visitation by humans.
The only reasonably safe approach at this time is using "Wall-E" type robots and treating them as Human.
If this is not done
first by sending them there and perfecting their return then I'm seriously
afraid we are going to kill
a bunch of people. Simply by facing the unexpected which is always found in the unknown and of course human error.
We have completely shown
through our explorations that "Mars" is and will always be a desolate
hazards that will challenge any alien that sets foot on it. Mankind has not and will not master the ability of managing his own
home planet "Earth". Pure Capitalism will never clean up the pollution and provide safety and health care for its' citizens.
As long as there is "sin" & "selfishness" in men and as long as they lust after money and power then they will never be fit to
colonize other planets even those in their own solar system.
I believe that NASA should
first establish a scientific "Moon" base for investigation and testing of all
systems. Therefore establishing proven methods of dealing with alien human environments and establishing technologies that
will solve the need for human environmental necessities. May God be with our Astronauts.
"Live Long and
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