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The ‘Escape to Mars’ Plan Has a Fatal Flaw

Elon Musk and other futurists are missing something big

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MMars, our neighboring red dot, has been the focus of human exploration for hundreds of years. Science fiction writers, scientists, and explorers alike have spent decades imagining what life would be like if humankind could pick up and move there. Never mind…