Colony simply means a group of people settling in a foreign place. So are the human colonists trying to bring along whatever they want to Mars? Would Mars be another planet Earth?
There's abundant amount of CO2, people got to overcome this prior to think of living there. I am not saying the settlers have to carry oxygen tanks while moving, but they basically could move without any breathing problems just like what we do on Earth.
As far as we concern the surroundings of Mars are quite extreme.
For example the thin atmosphere can't really shield any human beings from the Sun's damaging radiation and unforgiving coldness. Even some might plan to make some kind of capsules for the settlers; however how could we consecutively power the essential life-supporting devices?
The most exhausting parts for those "travelers" or "explorers" on Mars are: how do they breathe without mobile challenge? How do they get supply without all kinds of disruption? There are lots of collisions or impacts of meteoroid and even asteroid.
I somehow doubt everyone could really go and visit Mars.
It's although a neighbor planet of Earth, its climate is undoubtedly extreme to humans.
I would say even running a space hub for scientists is very difficult.
Because there are lots of basic technical issues that wouldn't be solved for next 10-20 years, let's say we still can't ensure commuting from point to point that's accessible and stable.
It's because of the current economic recession, unless there's a great deal of interest plus financial support given by corporations. Otherwise processing further on Mars exploration has to be held up.
It's nothing wrong with the idea of setting up colony on Mars. Science needs people dream of whatever they want to happen and look for answer. I think however the idea is a bit premature and ambitious for now. First of all they got to overcome the extreme temperature and the atmosphere with highly dense amount of CO2.
Once humans can't really breathe and move freely on Mars. I think it's hard to get physically fit people to reside there periodically. What I know so far is that they plan to make capsules with shield set up outside. But it would be still immobile.
We might have some set back on space exploration once the global economy is in the recession. The funding is the size of a black hole.
But even if they could launch some kind of project of "colonizing on Mars", there would be lots of scientific studies have to be done prior to letting someone settle there for a limited period. Scientific studies however comprise gigantic amount of resources.
Setting up a scientific space station might be possible in the near years. Though they need to taker care of at least a few things:
basic supply of necessities, food, H2O + O2...
Not to mention there should be a kind of thicker atmosphere.
I think some of you might read some stories of science fiction that often say that building a sort of shield around a base/ colony.
In reality some including a few scientists think that space explorers could be protected under a shield from galactic cosmic rays, radiations, and asteroids. But I got a question though, how do we make it to be bilaterally accessible, going in and leaving from it? If not people basically can't get out and go in.
I think it's hard, although they somehow have found a trace of water like liquid there. What I am having a doubt about that, rather it is what we have on Earth or something like water but the ingredients are absolutely different. Don't forget there's an excessive amount of CO2 not O2. So the finding is still debatable.
I think exploring on Mars might be likely ceased for now due to those technical issues. Setting up a colony on Mars isn't quite feasible yet.
It's gonna to take some time to carry on mission like "Curiosity"'s exploration. I am doubtful to the idea of building up a colony on Mars. Most nowadays just aren't physically fit enough to go there even there would be some kind of enclosed test camps. Not to forget there are more problems outside.
Just left home to school guess what I think I saw Mars, it's faint but not too bad.
Checked over on the net, it's about an alignment among Mars, Venus plus Jupiter. That's the time when they are shown as the brightest and closest to Earth altogether. It will be ended by this week.
Let's back to the topic. I am not sure why there' re always a few people somehow like doing things like this - "Oh we have done with Earth, it's no more fun and resources, let's migrate some other places - Mars or somewhere humans could live in." But that's good, scientific projects at least would be funded someway. People often like white lie.
Since last few days I have realized that several stars are very shiny, brighter than what they normally are.
I kind of know that NASA has been planning or trying to carry further on the Mission to Mars. I guess they firstly might set up a scientific lab. I am a bit doubtful for people staying there for a conceivably long time.
In reality there would be some billionaires or corporations giving out donations for this type of space project. But it happened only in the past. Right now our world economy has been suffering badly.
It's hard to get people interested in that.
Both oxygen and water are the human's essentials in which I believe their properties are extraordinarily found on Earth only. It's because the position of Earth in the solar system is the key to their existence.
I'd like to see some kind of scientific study set up on Mars. One thing however I don't understand is even there might be some mineral ores on Mars, if we couldn't even stay there for long, wouldn't be those ores matter to us then? Human's greed is incomparable to whatever living things' in this universe.
It's such an extreme climate on Mars. Even its average temperature is highly unsuitable for humans to stay.
I am not sure have they even thought about returning to Earth; how could they do that?
Even if some sort of "ice cap stuff" found there, it would less likely to be the water that we take for granted everyday on Earth. Nobody could actually sure the phase of that "ice cap thing" nor its ingredients.
I agree if a few volunteers wanted to go there for scientific purpose, they'd better know the consequences.
We got to know what's something from science fiction and the facts in the reality. Building some layers of atmosphere sounds making some kind of sense, but the fact is there would be no way in and out. How could we open and close that atmosphere? What types of materials we need to build that shield from radiations and asteroid impacts? BTW humans can't travel around Mars like rollerblading, just can't move freely.