Future Mars colonies? Researchers outline research bases that can kill Red Planet
Researchers are preparing plans to colonize Mars
A new study has revealed a plan for people to colonize Mars or any other planet in our solar system. The plan would consist of sending robots to build research documents for people to later study and live on.
A new study reveals how people can potentially colonize Marsand create a self-supporting research base that can support manned missions for several years.
Swiss Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) researchers came up with a multi-stage plan that sends a robot to the red planet to build the base, using the planet's natural resources to maintain it and send a crew to its surface.
The researchers suggest setting up a base at Mars-North Poland for the natural resources of that region.
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"Poles can be more challenges at the beginning, but they are the best place in the long run because they have natural resources that we can use", Anne-Marlene Ruede, senior author of the study, said in a statement.
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Ruede continued: "We wanted to develop a strategy based on technologies that have elected accordingly and outline a test scenario so that astronauts 20 years ago will be able to perform this type of mission. "
Their plans follow a NASA contest that requires different teams to submit 3-D printed habitats that they believe could be used to colonize Mars in the future.
The research base should consist of three different modules, according to researchers, and described as a "minimum living space".
A dome made of polyethylene fiber and a three-meter thick ice layer would cover the structure, resulting in the formation of an igloo.
"The dome would also represent an additional living space, provide a second barrier to protect the crew from radiation and micrometeoroids and help keep the pressure constant inside the base," according to the study.
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In addition, researchers predict a wreath system that would route the red planet to serve as a transfer point for goods between commuters coming up from the earth.
But before a human being was sent to Mars, a robot crew would build the base and test all available natural resources.
The researchers believe that the poles would be the most likely place to build a base that traces of life is likely to be in "layered deposits" of ice and dust near the poles.
"Everything that would make the research base self-adhesive for the long term," the study concluded.