Settling Mars

Settling Mars

What would it take to establish a settlement on the Red Planet?


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Earth Science, Astronomy, Geography

NASA and its partners have set a goal to put humans on Mars. Leading scientists, engineers, and innovators are pioneering the research and development of space technology to make that dream a reality.

These thinkers need to design, develop, and build a viable human outpost on another planet. The spaceship will need to land safely, be reused, and function, at least temporarily, as a basecamp. Scientists must devise a method for astronauts to obtain breathable air and drinkable water, and engineers must establish a reliable source of power for the first settlement on Mars.

While a journey to explore Mars is perilous, many feel the benefits to humanity outweigh the risks.

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Last Updated

October 19, 2023

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