A New Life for Humans on Mars
The Surface, Subterranean, Mars Moons
There are so many options to consider when taking on an enormous undertaking like establishing a new world. It seems that most people have an interest in seeing a colony (or, several colonies) on the Martian surface. However, given the concern of the radiation, I had thought of a subterranean existence on the planet.
My choice, given the potential interest in efforts to terraform the planet, would be to have the first colonists live on a space station nearby where they could organize and determine the best plans for settlement in various regions on the planet. The spacestation would be residential and emergency space for the Mrs population. In fact, there might be more than one spacestation, perhaps with capability to move to other locations.
The people and full science lab could be build on the spacestation with minimal equipment on the surface.
Humanity may camp out for a year or so in Mars orbit to get ready for its epic first trek to the Red Planet’s surface…www.space.com
Living on Mars Requires Food and Water
Human-beings do not live outside off the land here on Earth: of course, the housing environments for these hypothetical colonists in the future will be constructed, ‘man-made’. Furthermore, the habitations must be fortified and sealed-off from the Martian radiation (above the surface).
Note-worthy is that sunlight is important to good health as well so, even for subterranean dwelling, access …exposure to sunlight is required from time to time which is true on earth as well.
Longevity is relative to environment, health and other factors.
The early NASA missions to determine feasibility will not be enough to determine ‘long-term effects’ of living on the Mars surface which should not be the case, in my opinion.
The objective is to create off-world environments so that humans would be an inter-planetary species; therefore, Mars is the long-term goal: there is a lot of preparation that is needed.
- Subterranean construction
- Supply routes
- The list goes on and on
Yet, when cislunar ecosystem and economy are in place and the industry around asteroid mining and space travel are developed, Mars would be more viable and interesting. In other words, asteroid miners in deep space should not have to come all the way back to Planet Earth for new tools and supplies.
Furthermore, Mars Moons might be just as interesting as our Moon for layovers and equipment.
People who want to be outdoors, dirt bike riding in tee-shirt weather (unless this terraforming were to occur) it is a long-haul to get Mars ready for that kind of picket-fence existence.
The physical effects are being studied, encouraging is that terrestrial vegetable are able to grow in the soil: I do not know whether that would apply to any forms of vegetation: doubtful on the surface in the radiation.
There are many unknowns which need to be researched.
Earth is not healthy without clean water and air to breathe.
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or , spacecraft just avoided colliding with Phobos, one of Mars' two…www.spaceflightinsider.com
"When people find out about that they are going to say, 'Who put that there? Who put that there?'" These are the words…www.bbc.com