Re: mars in few words

From: S.J. Van Sickle (
Date: Fri Oct 20 2000 - 07:16:17 MDT

On Fri, 20 Oct 2000, Damien Broderick wrote:

> No. Build a Mars base (after dropping in the pre-fabs ahead of time) with
> machines controlled by a Phobotian who stays inside a nice deep hole on the
> Martian moon.

Why is a deep hole on Phobos significantly cheaper than a deep hole on
Mars? Volatiles for life support and rocket fuel are easier to get, and
we have significantly more experience with digging equipment under weight.

> Assuming it's not more cost-effective to work as hard as possible on nano
> for a decade or so and then do it using NM mints blasted at Mars with a
> railgun.

A more likely future...

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