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Question #31577 posted on 12/18/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How long do you think it'll be until Man will inhabit somewhere besides earth (I'm talking about the Moon or Mars, not the ISS)?

- It's Getting Crowded Down Here

A: Dear crowded,

If NASA has its way, it won't be all that far in the future. NASA has recently announced that they intend to resume missions to the moon as soon as 2020. They plan on building a small base near the Moon's south pole (no more than a couple of miles long) where astronauts can store supplies and equipment. They plan on using it as a waystation to get to Mars.

Realistically, I doubt we'll have any sort of a permanent base on Mars this century. There really isn't a need to go to Mars yet, so there's no rush. If we get to the point where overcrowding is a real problem (unlike now), there might be more pressure to go, but for now, we should be fine.

Just my thoughts.

- Optimistic.