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    Mars tourism could be big

    People love mountains, hence they climb Everest. People love canyons, hence they visit the Grand Canyon. What planet has the biggest and best in the system? Mars. Skiing on Olympus Mons and helicopter rides through Valles Marineris could be veritable honeypots.

    Let's plan a package cruise visiting Martian hotspots.

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    Yes it would be great. There would probably have to be some other distractions like a cinemas, duty free malls and casinos. Staying on Mars for any length of time would be similar to an extended stay in Antartica so boredom would be an issue.

    Helicopters on Mars: Would that be similar to flying one in a high altitude on earth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rue
    Yes it would be great. There would probably have to be some other distractions like a cinemas, duty free malls and casinos. Staying on Mars for any length of time would be similar to an extended stay in Antartica so boredom would be an issue.
    It could be something along the lines of a ski resort.

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    Helicopters on Mars: Would that be similar to flying one in a high altitude on earth?
    Or something along the lines of a mooncopter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glom
    It could be something along the lines of a ski resort.
    Yes, there must be all sorts of sporty things possible in martian gravity.

    Or something along the lines of a mooncopter.
    Or Rutan's rocket copter thing, dirigibles might be better and could stay aloft longer.

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    An 'Alien Artifact Hunt' theme could probaby last generations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rue
    Quote Originally Posted by Glom
    It could be something along the lines of a ski resort.
    Yes, there must be all sorts of sporty things possible in martian gravity.

    Or something along the lines of a mooncopter.
    Or Rutan's rocket copter thing, dirigibles might be better and could stay aloft longer.
    Hmm, I think we've discussed Martian dirigibles before. They'd be huge. They may be able to navigate the canyons, but certainly couldn't go very far up Olympus Mons. They'd be a real pain in a windstorm--they could be grounded for months at a time, but you probably wouldn't want to go sightseeing in a duststorm anyway.

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    Re: Mars tourism could be big

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    [snip] Skiing on Olympus Mons....
    You know there is a website attached to this forum!!! :-P

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    Rocket skiing obviously! [-X

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    Any of you ever play the X-Planes flight Sim?

    It has a couple of planes with monster wings and special engines that you can fly in a Martian setting. Never really spent much time figuring the plausibility, but it's pretty fun nonetheless.

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    Re: Mars tourism could be big

    Quote Originally Posted by Glom
    People love mountains, hence they climb Everest. People love canyons, hence they visit the Grand Canyon. What planet has the biggest and best in the system? Mars. Skiing on Olympus Mons and helicopter rides through Valles Marineris could be veritable honeypots.

    Let's plan a package cruise visiting Martian hotspots.
    Tourists also like to come home with souvenirs. Which means we'd have to set up security around all the spacecraft that have already landed. I can imagine what the unprotected Viking landers would look like after a few years.

    There's one work detail I wouldn't want to draw the short straw on!

    [-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glom
    People love mountains, hence they climb Everest. People love canyons, hence they visit the Grand Canyon. What planet has the biggest and best in the system? Mars. Skiing on Olympus Mons and helicopter rides through Valles Marineris could be veritable honeypots.
    Problem with this is the fact that Olympus Mons and Valles Marineris are so huge. On Olympus Mons you wouldn't get any steep slopes for the extreme skiers and you wouldn't be able to see either sides of the canyon if you were at the middle of Valles Marineris! Least that's what I read somewhere once...
    There's still hope though. The Nilosyrtis region is a decent-sized area filled with relatively tall canyons, some rock climbers would be in heaven there!

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    In the future, I don't think MArs tourism is going to be big instead its going to be MASSIVE!!



    Kintetsu International is a very big and powerful tourist company in Japan, also know as the name Kinkinippontourist Ltd, at 19-2, Kanda Matsunaga-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8641 has give its full backing for the projects of space tourism. The company has the belief that space tour will become a driving force for the travel industry in the 21st Century. The tickets will of course be very expensive. The Company has been trying to get its hands on a future seat on a space craft, it might have 5 places ready, and there already has been 900 thousand applications for these five tickets. Now that shows promise for a growing industry.





    Space tourist will drive the economy of our future?

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    Hiking on Olympus Mons

    If you have 3D-glasses at hand look at this MOC anaglyph panorama:

    Hiking on Olympus Mons

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rue
    Yes it would be great. There would probably have to be some other distractions like a cinemas, duty free malls and casinos.
    Plenty of free parking spots on Meridiani Planum!
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    Mars skiing will threaten Earth skiing.

    The main reason is that some parts of Olympus Mons are not covered with water ice, but DRY ICE. That will look SO cool.

    Oh, I just thought of the greatest treasure hunt ever: Find the Beagle lander!

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    Currently how long would it take to get to Mars, months? Just how many people can take that much time off work and so forth just to go to Mars and back? Not many.

    Even if/when we get manned missions to Mars a tourism industry will be a long, long way off. Unless we can drastically cut the travel time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TriangleMan
    Currently how long would it take to get to Mars, months? Just how many people can take that much time off work and so forth just to go to Mars and back? Not many.
    No Problem. I'll do a little Home-Office.

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    Be sure you have a really, really fast internet connection. :wink:

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    Thereīs no way to fly a copter in Mars. Also, I donīt think you could ski down Olympus slope, since it is not as steep as one might think. Combined with a low gravity it would be anything but a radical ride. I believe you could do it down the walls of the caldera, though.

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    Just one problem. You'd have to wear oxygen tanks and spacesuits all the time. It would only be sightseeing I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brady Yoon
    Just one problem. You'd have to wear oxygen tanks and spacesuits all the time
    Yes, indeed.

    It would only be sightseeing I guess.
    Maybe looking down the caldera, Brady. Standing on the edge of the caldera, you would see a vast, flat, plateau, if you looked back.

    Here is how Olympus mons compares with France. See how the Pyrinees look tiny?
    Though it is 20 km high, the terrain has a very low declivity, as its base spreads for hundreds of kilometers.

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