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Professor Ridley Weighs Moon vs. Mars Colonization in Quartz

Posted: October 24, 2017

Professor Ridley Weighs Moon vs. Mars Colonization in Quartz Worker at Mars Research Station, Utah (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Professor Aaron Ridley recently tackled the question of which of our nearest celestial neighbors would provide the best environment for human colonization, our Moon or the planet Mars. 

The article, which appeared in Quartz, asks Is it better to live on the moon or on Mars? A scientific investigation. Professor Ridley weighs the pros and cons of the two heavenly bodies. 

From the article: 

"Elon Musk wants humans to live on Mars. NASA wants, at the very least, to send some astronauts over to the Red Planet to check it out. But the Trump administration has recently signaled that it’s more interested in sending astronauts back to the moon.
As a space science professor, I believe this is the perfect opportunity to revive an important debate: If humans needed to beat a retreat from planet Earth, would it be better to live on Mars, or on the moon?" 

Read the full article here

This article was adapted from an original post on The Rocket Science Blog.
Aaron also does a bi-weekly podcast, X and Why, with his friend, Eastern Michigan University professor Dave Pawlowski, in which the two talk about science and technology. Don't miss it!