Reader responses on travel to Mars

Food, water and communication are among the challenges and concerns about a trip to Mars, readers said.
Food, water and communication are among the challenges and concerns about a trip to Mars, readers said. (Nasa Hubble Space Telescope/associated Press)
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Sunday, February 20, 2011

KidsPost recently asked readers what they thought would be most challenging thing about a mission to Mars and if they'd like to go. Here's a sample of the responses:

"I think the most challenging thing about a mission to Mars would be keeping enough water on board for all of the astronauts. A mission there would take years, so that's a lot of water! I wouldn't mind going to Mars . . . because Mars is pretty cool . . . but I certainly would not like to be the first one there."

- Ian White, 13, Arlington

"The hardest part about the mission is the communicating between the ship and mission control. I would like to go to Mars because I'd like to see a red desert and to set foot on another planet."

- Scotty Hill, 11, Olney

The hardest part would be "to stay in the spaceship and watch out for micro-meteoroids and comets and asteroids. It's too dangerous [to go]."

- Louie Shapiro, 6, Middletown, Maryland

"I think the hardest part of the mission would be that you wouldn't get to eat decent meals for a while. I don't want to go to Mars because it would get boring sometimes."

- Chase Joyner, 7, Alexandria

"I think the hardest part of going to Mars is trying not to hit other planets and trying hard not to get hit by meteors. . . . It would be cool to go to Mars, but I wouldn't want to go because I would miss my mom for two years.

- Jacob N. Blais, 7, Fredericksburg


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