WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO TO MARS?
What would you need to live on Mars? If you had what you needed, would you like to go to Mars? I’m sure that Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk aren’t the only people who would! These two billionaires are fueling the new space race with their fires, but they aren’t the only ones thinking about how to live on Mars.
I admit that I’m playing catch-up here. Better late than never! The race is only beginning.
THE NEW SPACE RACE
When Jeff Bezos filed suit after NASA awarded Elon Musk the contract to develop a lander for our return to the moon, I had to investigate.
That’s when I found out that I missed the application window for a free trip around the moon in 2023 w/ yet another billionaire, Yusaku Maezawa.
How would humans live on Mars, anyway? NASA and its collaborators think that to live on Mars, we ought to practice somewhere in space that’s a little closer to home.
Gaining new experiences on and around the Moon will prepare NASA to send the first humans to Mars!
For the record, 95% of these photos are courtesy of NASA.
We need to conquer the moon. Why is living on the moon good practice for learning how to live on to Mars?
Let’s ask Genghis Khan.
HOW WOULD HUMANS LIVE ON MARS?
By practicing on the moon. Okay, I need to start even smaller. I need more practice sizing my photos!
QUICK SYNOPSIS OF THE PLAN
MOON & MARS : A FEW FACTS
MOON 238,000 miles
MARS 300,000,000 miles
MOON is less than a third of the width of Earth
MARS one-half the diameter of Earth…but because Mars has no oceans, its dry land surface is about the same as Earth!
MOON 29.5 Earth days (The moon is tidally locked to Earth. This means that the moon always faces Earth. If you were standing on the moon, Earth would never move in the sky! Talk about strange.)
MARS 24 hours, 37 minutes (This would be easier for us!)
MOON trip is about 3 days
MARS trip is about 210 days
You can see below that our fellow earthlings would already be on the other side of the sun by the time we arrived on Mars.
A six-day round trip tour around the moon is short in comparison!
HOW WOULD HUMANS LIVE ON MARS?
One thing is for certain; two of those guys above will need to find some footwear. Mars is rocky.
We need to get a handle on the hazards on a three-day trip before we take a seven month trip! Conquer the risk factors!
And before you decide if you would like to go to Mars, you ought to be aware of a few risk factors. (Yes, we know about the rocks.)
5 HAZARDS OF HUMANS LIVING OFF-PLANET (off-planet is a cool term!)
All right, we have a few problems. Let’s problem solve!
WHAT WOULD YOU NEED TO LIVE ON MARS?
Louie and microgravity antics below…
Back to how to live on Mars. We have a spacesuit. Where do we get the oxygen to breathe?
We can’t live in spacesuits 24/7 so we need an airtight habitat.
Currently, there are no oceans, lakes, or rivers on Mars.
One fact is certain, not a drop of water will go to waste.
What would you need to live on Mars? Food!
Okay, no delivery service but we still need to get around. Remember the rocks?
Thanks to NASA and their commercial partners, we have a vehicle. How will we gas it up? (There’s no BP on Mars just yet)
With Xenon (Xe) via ion propulsion.
Ion propulsion systems ionize (aka charge) atoms & then exploit their non-neutral charge to expel them from the spacecraft, creating thrust.
In this case, an electron is taken away, making the xenon positively charged.
THE MOON AND MARS ARE CALLING
To date, 12 people have walked on the moon and 12 more have orbited her. Would you like to be the 25th? (Or like to help me get my photos formatted?)
WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO TO MARS? (now that you know what's what!)
We’ve answered the question, ‘what would you need to live on Mars.’ We missed the applications for the space ride but it’s not too late. Would you like to join the billionaires in the new space race?
Have I convinced you to change your travel plans?
Would you like to go to Mars?