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Packing for Mars

Postby Event Horizon on December 22nd, 2018, 10:46 pm 

I thunk this:

Ok. Scenario: Your skills are needed on a manned flight to Mars. You can pack 25kg only, and only if your item/s do not prejudice the safety of the craft and/or crew.

Its not much weight because weight is fuel.

You might or might not make it back.

Its a long flight just to get there.

What would you pack?
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Re: Packing for Mars

Postby A_Seagull on December 23rd, 2018, 12:19 am 

A parachute!
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Re: Packing for Mars

Postby Event Horizon on December 23rd, 2018, 7:52 pm 

I'm sure you will be able to compensate for the thin atmosphere. You wanna blow the hatch and bail out? Um, ok.

I'd pack some real coffee and weed seeds. With so much UV, they will make a ton of THC. If you can't market mars-weed something must have gone fundamentally wrong! And if I cant make it back, at least I'd have something to console myself with!
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Re: Packing for Mars

Postby TheVat on December 23rd, 2018, 9:41 pm 

Some small family/friend mementos, a few books for when eyes get tired of reading off a tablet, crystallized ginger (good for nausea in zero gee), and maybe a lightweight piano keyboard (10 kilos?).
With headphones of course in case crew members don't like jazz, blues, or anything else I play. I like your coffee idea, but I'm probably at 25 kilos by this point. A cat would also be great, but there might be litter box issues, especially if there's no spin gravity en route.
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Re: Packing for Mars

Postby Serpent on December 23rd, 2018, 10:32 pm 

Mini tool-kit (to repair delicate instruments), duct tape (obviously!), tailor's tape measure (light and flexible), spare reading glasses; kale, spinach, pea, squash seeds (because potatoes are boring after a while). Kindle loaded with books I haven't read (too bad if the alien minder won't be able to reconstruct them from my memory) extra socks and long-johns; paper, pencils and paints, soap & toothpaste, chocolate, yeast (in case we get a chance to ferment something).
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Re: Packing for Mars

Postby zetreque on December 23rd, 2018, 10:39 pm 

Event Horizon » Sat Dec 22, 2018 7:46 pm wrote:and only if your item/s do not prejudice the safety of the craft and/or crew.


Ok well I gave up after this rule.
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Re: Packing for Mars

Postby zetreque on December 24th, 2018, 3:07 am 

Bill Anders won't be packing for Mars.

Sending astronauts to Mars would be stupid, astronaut says
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46364179
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Re: Packing for Mars

Postby Event Horizon on December 27th, 2018, 8:03 pm 

I'm thinking Brainy's cat could be in superposition during the flight using a Schrodinger cat-box!

It might be worth taking algae. It could be a food source and a large oxygen producer if water can be found.
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Re: Packing for Mars

Postby Holly on February 21st, 2019, 5:33 pm 

I can't tell you want I'm packing, it's a secret. Shhh!
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