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Listen, I work in the space industry. Mars is popular because compared to any other planet itís easy to get to and it wonít immediately kill a guy in a space suit, a guy who would be squeezed like a grape on Venus or irradiated on Ganymede. You can get him there without a nuclear rocket, on a time scale similar to ISS crews. You donít need to reinvent the wheel. It would be an advancement, an achievement, but maybe not earth shaking. Thereís lots of science to do there. It would be more like Darwin on the Beagle than it would like Columbus. Personally I think Titan has way more potential. All youíd need there would be a warm jacket and an old lady oxygen tank. But itís way further out of reach.
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