Future Mars colonies? Scientists outline research bases that can take root on the Red Planet



Scientists propose plan to colonize Mars

A new study has found that a plan for humans to colonize Mars or any other planet in our solar system. The plan would consist of sending robots to build research bases for the man to later study and life.

A new study shows how humans might colonize Marsand create a self-sufficient research base that could support manned missions for several years.

Scientists from the swiss Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne (EPFL) came up with a multi-step plan, which consists of sending a robot to the Red Planet to build the base, using the earth’s natural resources to maintain, and sending a crew to the surface.

The researchers propose the establishment of a base on the north pole of Mars by the natural resources in that area.

(Claudio Leonardi/EPFL)

“The poles may pose more challenges in the beginning, but they are the best location for the long term, because they are the haven of natural resources that we can use,” says Anne-Marlene Ruede, lead author of the study, said in a statement.


Ruede continued: “We wanted to develop a strategy on the basis of technologies that are selected in accordance with, and to give an overview of the test scenario so that 20 years from now, astronauts are able to carry out this kind of mission.”

Their plan follows a NASA competition call for teams to submit 3-D printed habitats, which they believe could be used for the colonisation of Mars in the future.

(Claudio Leonardi/EPFL)

The base consists of three different modules, according to the scientists, and is described as a “minimum living space.”

A dome is made of polyethylene fiber and a three-meter thick layer of ice would cover the structure, giving it the appearance of an igloo.

“The dome would also create an additional living space, a second barrier to protect the crew against radiation and micrometeoroids, and help keep the pressure constant in the base”, the study said.


(Claudio Leonardi/EPFL)

In addition, the researchers envision a faucet system that is in orbit around the Red Planet to serve as a transfer point for goods between the shuttles out of the Earth.

However, before sending humans to Mars, a robot crew to build the foundation and test of all available natural resources.

The researchers are of the opinion that the poles would be the most likely place to build a base, if traces of life are most likely to be found in ‘stratified deposits’ of ice and dust in the vicinity of the poles.

“That would be the study on the basis of a self-employed for the long term,” the study noted.


Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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