It happens every time...
Whenever you start a discussion about exploring or settling Mars, plenty of people chime in that it can't be done. The reasons go something like this:
- It's too expensive, or
- We need to fix our problems here on Earth first
But there is also a large, and increasingly vocal, group of supporters who say we need to settle Mars now! Take a look at why they think we need to get to Mars just as quickly as possible.
1. Elon Musk
Elon Musk is the founder of many high-tech startups including SpaceX, Tesla Motors and Solar City.
The goals of these ventures revolve around one singular vision -- to change the world and humanity.
2. Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin is second person to have ever walked on the moon, but his life since then has been dedicated to getting to Mars.
Author of several books and plans, Buzz unerringly promotes what he thinks is humanity's next big objective - the colonization of Mars.
3. Robert Zubrin
Dr. Robert Zubrin is President and co-founder of the Mars Society, an international organization dedicated to furthering the exploration and settlement of Mars.
Zubrin is best known for his work, along with David Baker, in developing the Mars Direct plan, a proposal designed to significantly reduce the costs and risks of sending the first humans to Mars
4. Charles Bolden
Charles Bolden is a former astronaut and, since 2009, the current Administrator of NASA.
Bolden strongly supports the public/private relationships between NASA and its contractors to and is one of the reasons launch services in America is moving to private companies like SpaceX and Orbital.
5. Vera Mulyani
Vera Mulyani is the founder and CEO of MarsCityDesign.com.
With a diverse background in art, architecture, urban design, filmmaking and storytelling, Mulyani is fantastic proponent of not just learning how to get to Mars, but how to live -- and thrive -- there.
6. Ryan MacDonald
Ryan MacDonald is a Theoretical Astrophysicist currently working on a PhD in Astronomy at the University of Cambridge and a leading candidate for the Mars One program.
7. Bill Nye
Bill Nye -- the Science Guy.
An educator, comedian, actor, writer and scientist, Bill Nye is also the CEO of the Planetary Society, a non-profit space advocacy group working tirelessly to advance space science and exploration.
8. Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking is an English theoretical physicist and Director of Research at the Centre for Theretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.
For years, Hawking has been advocating the need for humans to expand beyond earth just as quickly as possible.
The primary target -- Mars.
9. Philip Metzger
Dr. Philip Metzger is a planetary physicist, recently retired from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, who is now at the University of Central Florida performing research related to solar system exploration.
10. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City.
Tyson is a well-known figure who popularizes science and space exploration.
11. Bas Lansdorp
Bas Lansdorp is founder and CEO of Mars One, a Mars settlement initiative boldly striving to send people on a one way trip to the Red Planet.
12. Elon Musk
Another Elon Musk quote.
Musk views space exploration as an important step in expanding—if not preserving—the consciousness of human life.
13. Robert Zubrin
Zubrin's ideas continue to inspire and influence NASA's work on getting to Mars, including the development and planned deployment of the Mars Oxygenator in 2018.