Was Magellan’s Voyage Riskier Than Sending Humans to Mars?
A Portuguese historian argues that Magellan’s well-known journey around the globe in 1522 was a lot more durable than sending people to Mars:
Tens of fellows died making this crossing; of 250 crew, solely 18 returned, Henrique Leitao, a historian on the University of Lisbon, informed me… [O]nce NASA or different house businesses or non-public entities really launch people on a six month trajectory to the Red planet, they’ll doubtless have mitigated the lion’s share of dangers to the crew. In distinction, Magellan’s crew realized that at the least a 3rd of them would doubtless by no means survive their journey, says Leitao…
Is there a comparability between the Age of Discovery and drivers for the exploration and commercialization of house? One might argue that minerals on asteroids might be seen because the present-day equal of the Age of Discovery’s highly-prized Asian spices. And that really getting these 16th century spices again to Europe was arguably simply as arduous and seemingly tough as any initiative to return unique supplies from a near-Earth asteroid… Risk is inherent in any off-world human voyage. But when it comes to security, at the moment’s know-how and present information of in situ circumstances on Mars itself will arguably give future explorers an inherent edge over Magellan’s technology.
The article additionally summarizes Leitao statement that one of many crew members who died on the journey was Magellan. “For 40 days Magellan walked around The Philippines; gets involved in a completely absurd fight with locals on a beach and is killed.”