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Article about Mars colony quotes Professor Ridley

Posted: November 21, 2017

Article about Mars colony quotes Professor Ridley

Climate & Space professor Aaron Ridley is quoted in a new article about the prospects of colonizing the planet Mars. In a recent interview, Andy Weir, author of The Martian, said he that while he thinks humans will visit Mars sometime within the next century, he doubts it will our first extra-terrestrial colony. Weir's new novel, Artemis, is about a human colony on the moon. 

“I wanted to write a story about the first human settlement somewhere other than Earth,” Weir said. “And I just really think that’s going to be the moon. That’ll definitely be the first place that we colonize outside of Earth.”

From the article: 

The author downplays the idea of “leap-frogging” the moon and heading directly to Mars, even though he states that we’re likely to visit the planet within the next century. As far as a lunar station being our next step, it seems that the experts agree.

“I agree 100% with everything that he says,” Aaron Ridley, a professor in the University of Michigan’s Climate and Space Sciences and Engineer faculty, told Futurism. “Establishing a colony on Mars is incredibly technically challenging and expensive. Establishing a colony on the moon is less challenging and less expensive (by a long shot), but still will cost a huge amount of money.”

Read the full article here: https://futurism.com/author-martian-colonizing-mars-bad-idea/