Symphony of Science: "The Case for Mars"

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John Boswell has done it again -- he's created another Symphony of Science music video, this time called "The Case for Mars." The video lays out the reasons why scientists think we should go to Mars, but it's made poetic by Boswell's auto-tuned symphonic electronica. Enjoy.

Featuring: Robert Zubrin, Carl Sagan, Brian Cox (looking dashing as always), and Penelope Boston.

Lyrics after the jump.

[Robert Zubrin]
Mars is the next logical step
In our space program
It's the challenge that's been staring us in the face
For the past 30 years

It has water, it has carbon,
It has a 24 hour day
It has geothermal energy
Mars is a place we can settle

[Carl Sagan]
There is a giant rift in its surface
5,000 kilometers long
There is a volcano as wide as Arizona

So there's the choice in life
One either grows or one decays
Grow or die
I think we should grow

Mars is a world of wonders

[Brian Cox]
It has canyons, river valleys,
and giant ice sheets

Mars is a world of wonders

It shouldn't be humans to Mars in 50 years
It should be humans to Mars in 10

We either muster the courage to go
Or we risk the possibility of stagnation and decay

We've got cosmic radiation
Zero gravity
Martian dust storms
Back contamination

But these are dragons that we can take on

In our time we have sifted
The sands of Mars
Established a presence there
And fulfilled a century of dreams

The Mars rovers have really
Captured our imaginations
They genuinely are explorers
In the old-fashioned sense

If you put out a call
For volunteers for the first crew to Mars
They'd be lined up coast to coast


Mars is a dry frozen version of our home
Covered in red dust and sand

[Penelope Boston]
At one time
In the ancient past
Mars was very similar
To the conditions of early earth

There will always be people with new ideas
On how humans should live together

We now have "eyes" and "ears" on the surface

What's left after you go is
The good you've left behind
You have to believe in hope
You have to believe in the future

There are more and more people coming around to the point of view that
A positive future for humanity requires human expansion to space


We're at a crossroads today
We either muster the courage to go
Or we risk the possibility of stagnation and decay

(See previous videos: A Glorious Dawn, Our Place in the Cosmos, We Are All Connected, The Unbroken Thread, and The Poetry of Reality (An Anthem for Science). Check out the Symphony of Science website for more information, free downloads, lyrics, and so on.)

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