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Old 09-06-2012, 12:49 PM   #11
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Old 09-06-2012, 03:29 PM   #12
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I agree that interstellar colonization is a long, long way off, and that colonizing planets with existing lifeforms will be dicey, at best. But you might be interested in some recent ideas about colonizing Mars proposed by Robert Zubrin in his book "The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet, and Why We Must." Zubrin isn't a dreamy Sci-Fi writer, he's an aerospace engineer actively working on current Mars exploration.

Wikipedia has a nice summary of his plan here:
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Interesting link, but it doesn't address the gravity question. In fairness, though, I've never seen it addressed anywhere. Maybe I'm the only one who thinks it's a problem.

Another thing I hadn't thought of is circadian rhythms.

I really think it would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to adapt to another planet.
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Old 09-06-2012, 04:48 PM   #13
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Interesting link, but it doesn't address the gravity question. In fairness, though, I've never seen it addressed anywhere. Maybe I'm the only one who thinks it's a problem.

Another thing I hadn't thought of is circadian rhythms.

I really think it would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to adapt to another planet.
Funny about circadian rhythms. Years ago the military did a study on its personnel in Antarctica. They had the personnel work their daily shift and then go to bed when they were tired and sleep til they woke up without using any clocks. Believe it or not most people fell into a natural 25 hour day. The same as Mars' rotation. (Cue X-Files music).
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I worked nights and rotating shifts for over 20 years, it's all about how adaptable you are, some people can do it, some can't.

Whether or not you SHOULD do it is another question.
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:26 AM   #16
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I worked nights and rotating shifts for over 20 years, it's all about how adaptable you are, some people can do it, some can't.

Whether or not you SHOULD do it is another question.
I had to rotate on to the 3rd shift at KSC every quarter for two weeks. Midnight to 9 am. It sucked...I couldn't stay awake at work and I couldn't sleep at home. There were guys on that shift permanently loved it, but most of them had been doing it since the Apollo program.
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Yah. Nothing sux quite like swing shifts!

But, if you were to live in a place that had weird day/night patterns, you'd probably adapt, or make mods to your work/sleep schedule.

As Seru touches on, there are a lot of folks living and working North (and South) of the Arctic and Antarctic Circles, and the daylength changes radically there.
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I had to rotate on to the 3rd shift at KSC every quarter for two weeks. Midnight to 9 am. It sucked...I couldn't stay awake at work and I couldn't sleep at home. There were guys on that shift permanently loved it, but most of them had been doing it since the Apollo program.
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Here are some new photos from Curiosity, including some "self portraits" of the rover itself.

Again, I'm struck by how "normal" the terrain on Mars looks. It could be Arizona or New Mexico.
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