At its closest, mars is thirty-five million miles from earth, and, under the most plausible scenario, getting there takes nine months owing to the relative motion of the planets, any astronauts who make it to mars will have to cool their heels on the red planet for three more months before rocketing back home. Robert zubin, the president of the mars society, is one of the leading exponents of terraforming mars – transforming the planet from an airless, barren world to an oxygen-rich green and pleasant realm with a fully functioning ecosystem. On march 27th, an american astronaut named scott kelly blasted off from earth and, six hours later, clambered onto the international space station he’s been there ever since each day, the is.
Mars seems ever more accessible with water present and matt damon surviving in isolation, but will people really ever colonize it, asks astronomer paul sutter. Elon musk has put his mars-colonization vision to paper, and you can read it for free spacex's billionaire founder and ceo just published the plan, which he unveiled at a conference in mexico in.
The earth and mars are a bit like fraternal twins that slowly grew apart four billion years ago, both planets were warm , sheathed by protective atmospheres, and carved with rivers and pools of liquid water.
It seems plenty of people want to abandon the earth interest in leaving the home world for a new start on mars has never been greater and was one of the hot topics at the recent bbc future world.
Nasa may not be planning to put a human on mars until the 2030s, but the agency’s top scientist said colonizing the planet is a key part of its agenda – as well as its search for extraterrestrial life.
The mars one team, with its advisers and with established aerospace companies, will evaluate and mitigate risks and identify and overcome difficulties step by step mars one is a global initiative whose goal is to make this everyone’s mission to mars, including yours. Artist's illustration of a spacex colony ship arriving at mars the company aims to help establish a million-person city on the red planet.