I find it strange that so many people romanticize such a desolate waste.
really? romanticism is so often bedfellows with a deep dissatisfaction with one's environment, that the ongoing calls to visit, and grr, colonize, don't surprise me at all. romanticism also often accompanies a certain ignorance of the idealized object: let 'em go there and find out what perchlorates do to our species, if the one-way trip doesn't do it first.
There has long been a romantic love of desert places here on earth, especially among the elites of crowded, damp places like England and Germany.
I think it's pretty cool that we can look at the Martian landscape. I mean, Mars has, you know, SUNSETS! That's one, right there! Just the simple existence of light on another world catches my imagination.I also like looking at deserts, but I'm quite satisfied with my damp, crowded environment, and I like looking at damp, crowded landscapes too.
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