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Is a Mars trip premature?

Is a Mars trip premature?

NASA, SpaceX, Blue Origin, the Mars One Foundation and the Mars 2117 Project all have their eyes on transporting humans to Mars. But we’re far from ready to live there — and any life forms on the red planet may not be ready for us.

Mars appeals because it is Earth-like in many ways. It rotates in just over 24 hours, so a day on Mars is almost identical to a day on Earth. Mars has a solid surface, a thin atmosphere and sunrises and sunsets. The rhythm of life on Mars would share the same rhythms...