Wednesday, April 21, 2021
#111 / Life On Mars
Popular Mechanics, online, has provided me with a free little snippet of a recent article about Mars. The United States is "on the ground" on Mars, of course, by way NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover.
The United Arab Emirates and China have also launched expeditions to Mars, and surely Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos won't be far behind. Musk, in fact, whose grandiosity eclipses that even of our recently-replaced president, says that he plans to place one million people on Mars by 2050. Bezos, more cautious, thinks he'll set up temporary quarters on the Moon, before finally populating the Red Planet.
What's it going to be like, living up there on Mars? The picture above gives you a quick view of the natural environment, and the picture immediately below provides one idea of how a Mars colony might look:
To return to that Popular Mechanics article, the snippet that popped into my email inbox focused on one of major issues having to do with life on Mars. As Popular Mechanics reports, "If we have any dreams of living and working on the Red Planet, we’ll need to generate and store oxygen."
Not to worry, NASA is on the case. One component of the Perseverance Rover is a machine to address that particular problem - "an instrument designed to inhale Mars' carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere and exhale oxygen."
We have ways to do that right here on Earth, of course. We call them trees!
(1) - https://www.businessinsider.in/science/space/news/all-mars-missions-in-2020-by-nasa-esa-roscosmos-china-and-uae/slidelist/73116605.cms
(2) - https://science.howstuffworks.com/imagining-colonized-mars-with-marshall-brain.htm
(3) - https://www.pinterest.com/pin/539306124097189941/