First to red planet will become Martians: Canada astronaut

September 22, 2018
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield—made famous for his rendition of the David Bowie song "Space Oddity" while aboard the International Space Station—strums his guitar on the ISS in this 2012 NASA photo

Astronauts traveling through space on the long trip to Mars will not have the usual backup from mission control on Earth and will need to think of themselves as Martians to survive, Canada's most famous spaceman half-jokingly said Friday.

Current predictions are that humans will reach Mars—up to 400 million kilometers (250 million miles) from Earth—in the coming decades.

But the vast distance means communications with would be delayed by up to 22 minutes.

As a result, would need to be self-reliant on the voyage, which clocks in at 2.5 years round trip in alone.

"If I were commander of that crew as soon as the Earth started fading in the rearview mirror, I would get the crew together and say: 'We are no longer Earthlings, we are now Martians. That's who we are. We need to redefine our relationship with the planet that birthed us,'" former astronaut Chris Hadfield said.

"It's going to be very difficult not having Mother Earth next to you and it's going to be really important for that crew to define who they are as the most distant explorers in human history," he said.

Hadfield, whose 2013 rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" aboard the International Space Station was watched by millions, was taking part with fellow astronauts in a fireside chat with students at the University of Ottawa.

Robert Thirsk—who holds the Canadian record for the most time spent in —said new Canadian Space Agency recruits Joshua Kutryk and Jenni Sidey-Gibbons "are going to go to deep space, returning to the moon, to an asteroid... and then 20 years from now we're going to be on the surface of Mars exploring."

In the short term, "the idea of living on the moon... is becoming very, very real," said Kutryk.

The Canadian astronaut was on hand for last week's final tests in the southwestern US desert of the Orion interplanetary spacecraft, designed as he said to "will bring humans back to the moon in the next few years."

In the coming months Canada will launch three satellites, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques will travel to the ISS, and NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission to study an asteroid will blast off carrying Canadian sensors.

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daqman
4.3 / 5 (6) Sep 22, 2018
"First to red planet will become Martians: Canada astronaut"

There was enough space on the line, why not write Canadian?
rrwillsj
2.3 / 5 (6) Sep 22, 2018
Why not Canadunce? Typical Canuckers, always trying to inhabit the most miserably uninhabitable places possible! As bad as Tibetans,

The correct term (as previously pointed out by others) is Marsmen. If they can capture and forcibly bring any women to the rusting dump? Force some pregnancies? I mean face it... Is voluntary sex with our boreal brethren on your bucket list? Ay?

Then a spectacular series of divine miracles allow the children to survive long enough to successfully reproduce? Over several generations? Those could be called Martians!

Though I wouldn't lay down a plug-nickle bet on their long term survival.
Surveillance_Egg_Unit
3.8 / 5 (5) Sep 23, 2018
On Mars after a few years, they would be bored to death staring at that landscape; provided that the real Martians don't eat them first.
granville583762
3.7 / 5 (6) Sep 23, 2018
The Ultimate Galactic Martian Finality of Dream come True

The ultimate dream, then the reaper bereft his finality of realisation cometh true for those breathe moments, when he takes his last breathe in admiration of his finality of dream in that Martian galactic airless maelstrom, as he lays down for one last time in total satisfaction his final dreameth has he realised, as the reaper taketh his final dues as his spirit taketh one last look at this Martian landscape as he escapes his mortal coil for life eternal, till that day arrives when he returns anew as a new born babe, in the galactic galaxies of nature's creation in the infinite vacuum.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3 / 5 (4) Sep 23, 2018
"will need to think of themselves as Martians"

This is like, duh. Didnt see the rock hudson tv movie?
On Mars after a few years, they would be bored to death staring at that landscape; provided that the real Martians don't eat them first
Or they could waste their time posting gibberish here on physorg like yourself.

The aether pervades the cosmos.
pntaylor
2.3 / 5 (3) Sep 23, 2018
The first humans on the red planet will die horrible deaths.
Hopefully, they will leave behind some small bit of infrastructure,
for the next group (doubtful), who will also die horrible deaths.
Etc.,etc.,etc..
rrwillsj
2.3 / 5 (3) Sep 23, 2018
So lets give Mars to the Mormons.

I realize that many commenting on this site have a visceral reaction towards the idea that the LDS has recent and successful experience to contribute to this discussion.

But, Salt Lake! What was that about salt lakes on Mars?

The Mormons have recently! Successfully colonized a harsh environment and created a thriving society.

Their theology, bigotry, caste-system, socially repressive policies? None of that matters. They survived and thrived where a thousand other communities withered and died,. Leaving only the bleached bones of ghost towns.
granville583762
3.3 / 5 (7) Sep 23, 2018
One way Mars trips possible in the New Year for that ultimate dream

As Martian astronauts, this is their final journey in life, and there will be funerals on the way to mars, the biggest hurdle to overcome is coming out of orbit and parachuting through the thin air and landing in the long since dried up Martian lakes, because it will be a shame as this is their last adventure in life that their space transporter fails in its attempt of landing.

On successful landing for their few days they have left on this Mars they can make camp if their muscles have not atrophied and bone structure is not to brittle, and have their dream come true on the bleak Martian plains then in there last hours they can prepare their funeral and so it is a painless transition they can carry their medicine for entry into their after lives as there last few days are beamed back to earth to their families

The present realities for the foreseeable future to human transportation and life on Mars
Surveillance_Egg_Unit
2.6 / 5 (5) Sep 23, 2018
"will need to think of themselves as Martians"

This is like, duh. Didnt see the rock hudson tv movie?
On Mars after a few years, they would be bored to death staring at that landscape; provided that the real Martians don't eat them first
Or they could waste their time posting gibberish here on physorg like yourself.

The aether pervades the cosmos.
says Captain Chickenshit's water-bucket boy

ALL of YOUR posts are exclusively gibberish that have never had any scientific content except for "copy & paste" from Wiki and some articles you half read. This is proven fact that through all the years of your undignified presence in this website, you have managed to populate physorg with as many sock puppets as you felt were needed to protect you and your gibbering foolishness; plus enough sox to increase your ratings and that of your Captain Bananahead.
You'd do so much better living amongst your chimpanzee relatives and communicating with them by farting as you do here
Surveillance_Egg_Unit
2.6 / 5 (5) Sep 23, 2018
So lets give Mars to the Mormons.

I realize that many commenting on this site have a visceral reaction towards the idea that the LDS has recent and successful experience to contribute to this discussion.

But, Salt Lake! What was that about salt lakes on Mars?

The Mormons have recently! Successfully colonized a harsh environment and created a thriving society.

Their theology, bigotry, caste-system, socially repressive policies? None of that matters. They survived and thrived where a thousand other communities withered and died,. Leaving only the bleached bones of ghost towns.
says rrwillsj

So the Mormons might have a natural love for salt water lakes and might thrive on Mars?
Perhaps they could be neighbours to that other splendid group - of which L. Ron Hubbard was the founder. You know who I mean, don't you?
I suspect that SpookyOtto is a former member who got kicked out for violent pederasty and hate on women and babies.
Surveillance_Egg_Unit
2.6 / 5 (5) Sep 23, 2018
The first humans on the red planet will die horrible deaths.
Hopefully, they will leave behind some small bit of infrastructure,
for the next group (doubtful), who will also die horrible deaths.
Etc.,etc.,etc..
says pntaylor

Besides scientists/Engineers/construction workers, they will need many physicians/surgeons/Nurse Practitioners and Chemists to alleviate any eventual suffering so far from the home planet. They will need to put their ingenuity to work in preventing debilitating illness that could hold back any progress and the welfare of the other humans in the community.

This is one of the reasons why we are in favour of humans living on Mars - they rarely give up.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.7 / 5 (3) Sep 24, 2018
This is proven fact that through all the years of your undignified presence in this website, you have managed to populate physorg with as many sock puppets as you felt were needed to protect you and your gibbering foolishness
obama_socks/ pirouette/ ritchieguy/ russkiye/ pussycat_eyes/ racistblackguy et al

These are all you. The same troll who speculates on 900 ft tall glassy headed aliens lying on the surface of mars... as well as having sex in the kitchen, up against the microwave.

Not the martians, you.
Surveillance_Egg_Unit
3 / 5 (2) Sep 25, 2018
ROFLMFAO
I will make sure to look up all those interesting names. When you made them, did you forget what you did?
Uh having sex in the kitchen up against a microwave? Do you do that often with Captain Chickenshit?

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