Reaction

Fuel cells: charged

Heat exchangers: stable

“For every action there is an equal or opposite reaction”. Mars is a little bit like grease. A little of it and you can cope. Too much and you fly right off. The same thing can be said about a ‘dreamer’, a person who brings something to light that was never done or introduced before. Now there are two sides of this coin: heads – a dreamer is someone who imagines and contemplates its meaning; tails – someone who imagines and then reacts.

That’s the line in the sand. As the old “walk the walk, talk the talk” saying goes: What separates a dreamer from reality is the action of them to simply ‘waking up’; something must be done. Countless times we’ve kicked ourselves for laying claim to that crazy little contraption on TV we thought of years ago. The opportunity was there, we had the idea, we told our family and friends, but we let it go. Why? We didn’t react.

When you consider a human or group of humans on Mars, you imagine they’ll be sent for the purpose of discovering some incredible find. They’re there to explore, to turn up the mysteries hidden under that rustic sand, to confirm what we already have learned and suspected all this time. But why? Why not go there just to go?? Do we need a serious reason??? Some of the greatest tales ever told, journeys ever accomplished, expeditions ever achieved were praised not on the notion of what lay at Point B, but the steps that took to get there from Point A. It wasn’t so much Man landing on the Moon, Lewis and Clark arriving out West, or Amelia Earhart arriving in Europe, it was the journey to get them there that we admire and acknowledge above all else.

We have the evidence. We know where to go. We have all the information we need. Some of our biggest accomplishments AND failures have been centered around human reaction to an event. It’s time we become dreamers again. It’s time we invent, invigorate, and innovate what we as a species have bound ourselves to since crossing the Red Sea. It’s time to take the next giant leap!

What more evidence do we need?

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