Dear 100 Hour Board,
If interplanetary travel were as safe as commercial airline travel and the lodging on Mars, including spacesuit hiking excursions, were equally safe, but it took nine months to get there, you had to stay three months, and then it took nine months to get back, or in other words, the trip was a 21-month commitment (see this) but money wasn't an issue, would you do it?
In a heartbeat. That sounds an amazing experience. The 9 months each way doesn't bother me so much because I could read books or work on projects remotely. Also, think of the cool other space travelers to make friends with! Martian hikes sound like they would get boring fast as they would all essentially be lifeless desert but there would be other cool things to do there, like sports with less gravity and space ship bumper cars and eat weird space food! Sign me up.
While a trip to Mars sounds awesome, I feel like the main reason I'd actually go would just to be able to say I had. It would be beautiful and amazing, and so much fun to actually hike on Mars, but at the end of the day, there are lots of amazing sights to see on Earth. If money wasn't an issue, I'd probably use that money to go on a tour of Europe, spend time in Jerusalem, venture to the depths of the ocean in a submarine, go on a Caribbean cruise, and basically just see the world. Additionally, doing this wouldn't have the cost of being cooped up in a spaceship for 18 months, where I'd probably go stir-crazy.
Dear Mr. Musk,
You've removed the only reasons to not go to Mars; what other answer do you expect? Of course I'd go, even if it is just so I can say I went.
Dear Elon Musk,
I haven't even been to Iceland yet, and I'd rather go there than to Mars.
To quote Elton John, "Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids. In fact, it's cold as [heck]."
Even if space travel were as safe as air travel, I'm not sure I'd take the risk. All my studies of Mars have instilled me with a very strong desire to live and die here on Earth.
-Frère Wet Blanket
Safe? Even with all kinds of safety measures, I doubt "safe" is really how a trip to Mars could be described.
But dying on Mars>dying an ignominious death on Earth, so that is interesting.
I don't think I'll ever make it to Mars, though. But Antarctica? I could hang with that.
--Ardilla Feroz, from Monmouth, Illinois
Mars? Nah. I'm not a big fan of potatoes.