• Question: If you had a choice would you go to the Moon or go to Mars?

    Asked by Zachy to Aisling, Colin, Laurence, Ned, Niamh on 1 Mar 2016.
    • Photo: Ned Dwyer

      Ned Dwyer answered on 1 Mar 2016:

      WEll, I´d prefer to stay here rather than go to either. But if I was forced I´d go to the moon. You get there a lot quicker and the Earth should look beautiful from such a close range.

    • Photo: Laurence O'Rourke

      Laurence O'Rourke answered on 2 Mar 2016:

      I’d go to the moon – it’s a shorter journey, not so far from home and the views of the Earth every “earthrise” would be spectacular. Also if anything happened there’s more a chance I could be rescued more quickly.

    • Photo: Colin Shirran

      Colin Shirran answered on 2 Mar 2016:

      Even though I really love Mars and think that we need to do everything we can to get there and build a base, I’m a firm believer that we need to go back to the moon first and use it as a stepping stone. I don’t want us to rush into anything and do a mars trip as a once off to show that we can do it. I want us to build our space infrastructure to support many deep space human missions. So with that said, I would pick the moon first. The view of the earth from there must be incredible.

    • Photo: Niamh Shaw

      Niamh Shaw answered on 4 Mar 2016:

      It currently takes 3 days to get to the Moon and approximately 7 months to get to Mars. So with current technology, I would say the Moon because the effect on my body of 7 months (and back) of living in Space would be very difficult. But if we ever engineer a new propulsion system that would allow us travel through space a bit more efficiently than current technology, I would also really like to go Mars.

    • Photo: Aisling Shannon

      Aisling Shannon answered on 7 Mar 2016:

      I would go to the Moon. The new Director General at ESA has a vision for a Moon Village, so maybe it will be possible in my lifetime to go.