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Offline CmdrShepN7

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What should the first words spoken on Mars be?
« on: 01/24/2023 06:50 am »
How about something like this?

"We stand on the shoulders of giants. Marco Polo, Zheng He, Ibn Battuta, Christopher Columbus, Lewis and Clark, Roald Amundsen, Charles Lindbergh, Neil Armstrong. Today we take this step as one species on a journey that will take us to the stars. Humanity's story has only just begun."

It is cheesy and it is "Hollywood" but it is something I would say if I was the first human to land on Mars.

Would the colonial undertones be problematic? Should they name drop great inventors and scientists like Edison, Ford, Oppenheimer, Einstein, Musk, etc. instead of those explorers?

Tie it to technological and scientific advancement instead of colonialism?

Humanity's story is just beginning implies humanity is destined to a interstellar future. Elon Musk would love it.

A human mission to Mars would be the true start of humanity's story. Is that a mindset we want to promote?

Funnily enough Danielle Poole says "It's only the beginning" in the latest FAM trailer.


« Last Edit: 01/24/2023 06:56 am by CmdrShepN7 »

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Re: What should the first words spoken on Mars be?
« Reply #1 on: 01/24/2023 07:20 am »
With the likelihood a Starship-like vehicle will be the first manned lander on Mars, with its elevated airlock:
"Wow, that sure was a whole lot of small steps!"

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Re: What should the first words spoken on Mars be?
« Reply #2 on: 01/24/2023 07:45 am »
“From the small step Armstrong took, we take the bigger stride into the next generation.”
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Re: What should the first words spoken on Mars be?
« Reply #3 on: 01/24/2023 11:58 am »
We Should Have Turned Left At Albuquerque.

Sometimes I just flat out don't get it.

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Re: What should the first words spoken on Mars be?
« Reply #4 on: 01/24/2023 12:28 pm »
"Good luck, Mr. Gorsky"

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Re: What should the first words spoken on Mars be?
« Reply #5 on: 01/24/2023 01:08 pm »
Perhaps the first words will be in Marndarin

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Re: What should the first words spoken on Mars be?
« Reply #6 on: 01/24/2023 01:13 pm »
"Well, here we are!"

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Re: What should the first words spoken on Mars be?
« Reply #7 on: 01/24/2023 01:19 pm »
To quote Eddie Izzard: “Eww, it’s all sticky!”
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Re: What should the first words spoken on Mars be?
« Reply #8 on: 01/24/2023 01:25 pm »
"Yet another giant leap for ma-- What was that? Houston, we--" *Radio cuts off amid screams.*

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"Haha, just kidding guys."
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Re: What should the first words spoken on Mars be?
« Reply #9 on: 01/24/2023 01:54 pm »
"We declare Mars as a free planet and that no Earth-based government has authority or sovereignty over Martian activities."

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Re: What should the first words spoken on Mars be?
« Reply #10 on: 01/24/2023 01:54 pm »
"I thought it would look more red"
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Re: What should the first words spoken on Mars be?
« Reply #11 on: 01/24/2023 06:01 pm »
"We come in peace."

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Re: What should the first words spoken on Mars be?
« Reply #12 on: 01/25/2023 02:22 am »
Hopefully not "Sh1t, we crashed!"

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Re: What should the first words spoken on Mars be?
« Reply #13 on: 01/25/2023 03:48 am »
How about something like this?

"We stand on the shoulders of giants. Marco Polo, Zheng He, Ibn Battuta, Christopher Columbus, Lewis and Clark, Roald Amundsen, Charles Lindbergh, Neil Armstrong. Today we take this step as one species on a journey that will take us to the stars. Humanity's story has only just begun."

It is cheesy and it is "Hollywood" but it is something I would say if I was the first human to land on Mars.

Would the colonial undertones be problematic? Should they name drop great inventors and scientists like Edison, Ford, Oppenheimer, Einstein, Musk, etc. instead of those explorers?

Only two of those could be considered "colonial" ;)
Apologies in advance for any lack of civility - it's unintended

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Re: What should the first words spoken on Mars be?
« Reply #14 on: 01/25/2023 04:20 am »
"I'm home" (Natalie York, Voyage)

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"Well, here we are!"

Those are John Boone first words in KSR Mars trilogy, correct ?

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"Good luck, Mr. Gorsky"


ROTFL. Somebody watched Watchmen too much.
« Last Edit: 01/25/2023 04:22 am by Harry Cover »

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Re: What should the first words spoken on Mars be?
« Reply #15 on: 01/25/2023 06:03 am »
"We set foot on another stepping stone to the stars."
Or less seriously:
"That's another small step for....a....man, another giant leap for Mankind."   :)
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Re: What should the first words spoken on Mars be?
« Reply #16 on: 01/25/2023 06:11 am »
I think it will go just like this clip:


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Re: What should the first words spoken on Mars be?
« Reply #17 on: 01/25/2023 07:44 am »
"You can't park there sir"

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Re: What should the first words spoken on Mars be?
« Reply #18 on: 01/25/2023 08:15 am »
我们已经到达火星了。 伟大的无产阶级革命万岁。
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Re: What should the first words spoken on Mars be?
« Reply #19 on: 01/25/2023 10:40 am »
Before 1949 China was near the abyss. But after 80 years of Maoism, it has made giant leaps forward.  ;D

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