21 March 2014. The second Perspective in the series dealing with the one-way ticket to Mars concept focuses on the importance of society taking a stance AGAINST the idea.
The conquest of Mars is clearly the new frontier of space exploration. It represents uncharted territory and has the potential to open up new avenues. So if there are people willing to go on a one-way ticket to Mars to speed up the process of exploration can society allow this to happen? The answer to this question should be a resounding NO! It is not enough to consider the willingness of volunteers or the practicalities of such an endeavour (and no feasible plans exist currently, despite intense marketing of the idea); broad ethical considerations militate against the one-way ticket to Mars. These ethical reasons are set out in the Perspective.