Well, this bit of news gives you an idea of what some scientists think of our demographic: Two of them are suggesting the best way to colonize another planet – in this case, Mars – is to send folks in their 60s…with the expectation that they won’t be coming home.
Yep, the idea is that a return trip from Mars would just be too costly, so lets just give some boomers a one-way ticket, because – you know – they won’t mind never getting to return to Earth because – you know – they’re old!
This brainchild comes from Washington State Univ. prof Dirk Schulze-Makuch and Arizona State U. physicist Paul Davies. The duo has written an article called, “To Boldly Go” in the latest issue of the Journal of Cosmology. The UK’s Daily Mail quotes the scientists as stating we need to get busy on colonizing another planet to provide a “plan B” in case of a catastrophe here on Earth. And the fastest way to do that is to send people who don’t expect to come back:
You would send a little bit older folks, around 60 or something like that,’ Schulze-Makuch said.
This is because the mission would undoubtedly reduce a person’s lifespan, from a lack of medical care and exposure to radiation. Radiation could also damage reproductive organs, so sending people of childbearing age is not a good idea, Schulze-Makuch said.”
The two go on to say they realize their idea is a “tough sell” for NASA, but feel we could promote the idea that these boomer astronauts are “trailblazers of a permanent human Mars colony.”
Well, I’m here to tell you that I ain’t buying the idea of building my retirement home on the red planet. Sounds to me like it’ll just provide one more excuse for the kids not to visit:
Son, can’t you and the family come for Christmas this year?”
Sorry, Mom, we just can’t afford to build that space rocket for the trip.”