Humans could have colonized Mars decades ago- astronaut Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield is known widely for his space travels. Hadfield, between the years 1995 and 2013, flew inside 2 space shuttles of NASA as well as a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. He lived onboard the International Space Station (ISS) for near about one hundred sixty-six days.

Since then Hadfield retired as a spaceman, however, lately, he spoke about some space mission. Hadfield said in a statement, “We could send people to Mars decades ago.” Further, he told, “The technology that took us to the moon and back when I was just a kid – that technology can take us to Mars.”

Scientists such as Wernher von Braun, the lead architect of the renowned Saturn V moon probe of NASA, worked for planning a crewed mission to the Red Planet in the year 1952. This event was near about fifteen years before the initial Apollo mission.

Nevertheless, Hadfield said that possessing the capability to travel does not imply in any way that it would be safe, simple, and worth it to risk life for.  He explained, “The majority of the astronauts that we send on those missions wouldn’t make it. They’d die.”

There are lots of risks involved in traveling up to the Red Planet, which are mostly similar to those that NASA experienced back in 1960s and 1970s. At that time astronauts were prone to lose their life at each step.

The fire incident of Apollo 1 killed 3 spacemen on the Earth at the time of a training procedure. The United States space agency almost lost the Apollo 13 crew mid-flight. Apollo 11 also faced a similar situation. It almost lost its fuel prior to its docking on the surface of the moon.

Later on, long-term issues were also noted. The astronauts were seen experiencing health risks due to long exposure to the deep-space radiations.

Hadfield said, “Mars is further away that most people think.” Mars lies near about six hundred sixty times farther from the Earth in comparison to the distance of the moon from our planet. A round-trip to the Red Planet would take almost five hundred days or nearly three years inside a tiny tube.

Hadfield said this hikes the threats of radiation, starvation, explosions, as well as other issues. Moreover, the technologies, which could prevent these problems, like hibernation capsules, bioregenerative systems for supporting life, and light and promising shielding, do not actually exist.

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