A Colony on Mars

Brooklyn M.

A Colony on Mars? Yes, that's right!

Scientists have havethought about having people living on Mars for a many years. It may seem impossible, but there is a colony on Mars coming in the very near future. There is a lot of things to think about when planning a trip to Mars. What you need, how your going to get there, who should go, and how to make it safe, but scientists are taking these things into consideration and are actually planning a one way trip to Mars!

What we need to bring

In order to sustain life on Mars they will need to bring a lot of things from Earth. One of the most important things that we need to bring to sustain life on Mars is air. We will need to bring air because there isn't much on Mars. For the trip to Mars we will need nitrogen and oxygen not only so that we can breathe but because nitrogen is needed for DNA. Another product from Earth we will need to bring is water. This is because all of the water on Mars is frozen at the ice caps of the planet. As you know, we need water to bathe, grow food, cook, and to drink, so water so will be an absolute necessity for the trip to Mars. Soil and plant life is yet another thing needed. All martian soil will result in no plant growth and so we will need to bring some. There will not be any animals there which means that people there will only eat plants. Therefore, we will need to grow a lot of them. On Earth we get all of our minerals naturally from vegetables that come from the ground, but on Mars that will not happen. Scientists say that iron, copper, zinc, iodine, and manganese are some minerals we should bring because they are most important for the health of a person. Lastly, we will something to generate power. Some ideas for the electrical power are solar, nuclear, and hydraulics. All of these things put together will help colonists do better on Mars.
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Terraforming

This is a way scientists are thinking to change Mars' atmosphere to make it warmer there. They will release gasses to heat all the dry ice on the planet. After doing this it will evaporate to make the atmosphere thicker. After the atmosphere is thicker they can release oxygen onto the planet.

Transportation to Mars

The trip to Mars will take approximately 7 or 8 months and the first trip is planned for around the year of 2025. Similar to to the unmanned rovers the transportation will be a two part rocket. First, will be the transit habitat. It will be a small space station used on their way there but before arrival they will leave it behind because it is too heavy to land. The other piece of it will be the landing module. This part will will be what they land on Mars with and it will hold a water tank, and storage. These will be used as protection from the radiation and with serve as the sleeping quarters.
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Colonist Candidates

After the first mission Mars One plans to send one four person team every two years. Although at first 24 people will take the trip to Mars. In order to find these people there was a lot of interviewing. There was originally 202,000 candidates! Now there is just 100 and they are from all different places. Next Mars One plans to do a series of teamwork challenges to see how well the group will work together. It sure will be a an important test because in order to be on a different planet together you need to be able to work together.
Mars One introduction film

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