German educational design studio Kurzgesagt explores the many, many obstacles in the way of a functioning human base on the Red Planet. Lethal radiation, minimal energy sources, pesky dust clouds. Those kinds of things. To wit:
Humans love to explore. Strangely enough even horrible places – like Mars. Let’s see how building a Mars base could work and how insanely nerve-wracking exactly it would be.
A very impressive science fiction short created by All In Pixel for The Verge’s Better Worlds project and based on a short story by Justina Ireland tells the tale of a woman determined to leave Earth for a new life on an off-world colony restricted to the wealthy.
In the first instalment of a new series about space exploration, web education channel Kurzgesagt explains how we could easily colonise the moon within 10 years, assuming we could afford to do such a thing.
Dutch private startup company Mars One is planning a human colony on Mars by 2023, ten years ahead of NASA. The $6billion project will be financed by turning it into ‘the biggest media event ever’. Auditions for the four Martian colonists begin this year.
The company sez:
Mars One will establish the first human settlement on Mars in 2023. A habitable settlement will be waiting for the settlers when they land. The settlement will support them while they live and work on Mars the rest of their lives. Every two years after 2023 an additional crew will arrive, such that there is a real living, growing community on Mars. Mars One has created a technical plan for this mission that is as simple as possible. For every component of the mission we have identified at least one potential supplier. Mars One invites you to join us in this next giant leap for mankind!