Mars habitation: is it possible?

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Space is big. So big in fact that we have only discovered a tiny portion of the infinite plain of wonder that makes it up. However, Earth is dying, whether you like it or not, an we need to find a new habitable plant to live on. Recently, attention has been turned to the closest planet to us, Mars, as signs of water have been found on it in the form of ice. This got me thinking about whether or not Mars is even habitable.

I will be splitting this post into sections, each one focusing on an aspect that humans need to survive, and whether Mars has them or can be given them by us humans.

Water

As previously mentioned, water does appear on Mars,in the atmosphere but mainly in the form of ice. Humans could use forms of heat to melt the ice, giving Humans the most needed rescourse for life: water. Water is needed for life because humans need water to drink, bathe, cook, to name a few. Most of the ice on Mars is located underground, which means we would have to bring some kind or drills to dig for ice and melt it for water. This could bring complications, as we would need more rockets to transport these to Mars, which would cost even more money. That being said, we do have water on Mars, so we can survive on that front.

Food

Now this is the real problem. There is no life on Mars, which means no animals for food. There is no fertile soil on Mars, so we also cannot grow plants. The only source of food we would have is...each other. I know, pretty grim right? Surely there must be another way? Well sadly, there isn't. At least, not yet. However, we could set up a small Mars base with oxygen inside, where we can grow plants, but we are far from that yet. At this point, there is no food on Mars, and we can't make any.

Accomadation

This one is possible. If we can make a space station worth 150 billion built on virtually nothing, then we can build a Mars base for people to live in

Then, we can use solar panels, with water sprinklers to remove all the dust, to provide power. A series of tunnels could connect them, with multiple airlocks to prevent vaccum accidents wiping out the whole base. For oxygen inside the base, we can plant trees and plants to transfer the CO2 we breathe out into oxygen. A base is probably the easiest task humans could do to make Mars habitable.

Transport on Mars

For transporting people on Mars, we cannot use cars, as the landscape is too rough. Instead, we should costruct a series of monorail lines covering the entire planet, with the train consisting of self-driving, automatic 'pods' with built in airlocks. Each station would then connect to a Mars base, with the name of the base displayed by a large LED sign seeable in any storms. Speaking of storms, the track would be covered by a glass tube, which would kind of look like a see-through tube(subway if you are American) tunnel. This tube would protect it from any kind of storm, with emergency escape hatches in the ceilings of these tunnels for an easy escape. We can use solar panels on top of these tubes to provide the train with the power it needs to move. The main station wouldbe where the rockets land at, so any new guests could quickly enter the monorail to go to their new home.

Transport to Mars

This would be the expensive part. We would have to make enough rockets to fit 1.7 billion people, about 1 million drills for water, lots of monorail and Mars base parts and rescources for food planting. The number we are talking about is huge! Some people say it will cost no more than the International Space Station, hich cost 150 billion, whereas others predict that the price could go as high as 1.5 trillion! That is a lot of money! That means that to achieve this the whole world would have to work together to make this happen.

Still not possible?

Unfortunately, this still may not be possible and it may just be a waste of everybody's time, This is because there is no oxygen on Mars for humans to breathe, and the land is infertile so we cannot plant trees. However hope is not lost. Recent scienticfc studies show that Mars does have an atmosphere, it is just extremely thin. With enough CO2, we can use the greenhouse affect on Mars, the very thing which damages our planet so badly, to strenghten the atmosphere. Then, we can fertilise the land and make oxygen without worrying about the oxygen flying off into space. This means life on Mars may be possible after all.

Conclusion

What do you think? Do you think that life on Mars is possible, or do you think it is just a waste of time? Will the prospect change as life on Earth gets worse? At some point, the opinion may tip in favour of Mars, if it hasn't already.

Magical_chicken, Graveney School

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  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
    31 Oct 2019

    This post has really got me thinking! I like the way you have used a combination of imagination and creativity, with facts and reasons about the things you already know. You've focused here on the practical questions. What about the ethical ones? Do we have a right to colonise Mars? Is it fair to send people there, when we know the risks are high, but don't know the full consequences?

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  • Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg crafty_ocean | Phoenix Primary School
    31 Oct 2019

    Will maybe if Mars has life on it

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  • Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg crafty_ocean | Phoenix Primary School
    31 Oct 2019

    Well maybe if Mars has life on it which is maybe true people could go to Mars to create and make it a better place like our earth and this thing has made me research more about this special building

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  • Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg willing_saxophone | Phoenix Primary School
    31 Oct 2019

    I personally think that there couldn’t life on Mars because it is full of deserts and has water but no food and the quote ‘no food no animals’ means there is not even life on Mars.The NASA belived that there was life but there is no life people reasearched

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  • Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg appreciative_eagle | Phoenix Primary School
    31 Oct 2019

    There is a possibility that there might be life because a long time ago scientists believe that there was water once on the mysterious,red planet

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  • Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg willing_saxophone | Phoenix Primary School
    31 Oct 2019

    I belive there was not life on Mars , Four billion years ago, the Martian surface was apparently quite habitable, featuring rivers, lakes and even a deep ocean. Indeed, some astrobiologists view ancient Mars as an even better cradle for life than Earth was, and they suspect that life on our planet may have come here long ago aboard Mars rocks blasted into space by a powerful impact.

    Things changed when Mars lost its global magnetic field. Charged particles streaming from the sun were then free to strip away the once-thick Martian atmosphere, and strip it they did.
    "So, if there were life on Mars, it may have moved around.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      willing_saxophone's comment 31 Oct 2019

      Well done for bringing in these reasons for your opinion, willing_saxophone. I recognise these ideas from space programmes I have watched. Where did you get your information?

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
    31 Oct 2019

    Ok, where do I start from?

    Space Exploration. Very expensive as it is very helpful. For example, it helps us move to another planet like Mars. If we do not do this within the next 7.5 billion years, then the Earth will go into the sun. And so will we. But luckily, don't worry too much about yourselves as we'd be dead by then.

    However, this is the main reason why we send objects to space. But little did you know we could have a whole larger problem on our hands. Space pollution. there are almost 1 million items of junk that orbit our planet. Which will affect our planetary climate? So does that mean that it would be even more hard to find planets to live at? Not only can littering affect our present it can seep into our future too. If we do not stop this habit then who knows what this can lead to? Even launching a single rocket contract many of the materials we need for important things; not to mention its a cause of air pollution.

    Overall, Mars could be the only chance we have. If we don't take it for the time being, then the future will wait for us. Though, if we were to transport 7.7 billion people to space via Apollo capsules (which can take only 3 people at a time), then we would be shipping quite a lot of capsules -over 1,000,000,000 basically!-

    Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed reading!

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      memorable_orchard's comment 31 Oct 2019

      Strong reasoning here, memorable_orchard!

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  • St Marys Whitstable logo cheerful_significance | St Mary's Catholic Primary School A
    02 Nov 2019

    Well this definitely got me thinking but it would be just as hard as getting people to realise what is happening to our world

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  • Braiswick Primary School succinct_leaves | Braiswick Primary School
    02 Nov 2019

    Personally, even with all the complications, I think that humans would be able to live on Mars. I've chosen this because, like you said, Mars does have an atmosphere which is a very good sign. This atmosphere consists of carbon dioxide,(95.32%) nitrogen (2.6%) and argon (1.6%). There is also a fraction of other noble gases such as oxygen, carbon monoxide and hydrogen. Out of all of these, oxygen is the most important as it is what we breathe and we need to breathe. I found this information at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmosphere_of_Mars.

    On the cost, I agree with you. I think if we work together then we can send the first people to Mars and it doesn't matter what country is first unlike the race to the moon between the Soviet Union and the USA. In my opinion, that is a bit childish and silly. Why do we need to race if we are all just one big community? At least, that is what we should be. There should be no need for countries to rush to be the first ones there as then the mission would probably fail and it would be pointless. Obviously, the rich countries will get to go first. That might not seem fair but that is what will happen. But, we don't have to send a rocket with people from the same country. Why not send them from different countries. Of course, there will be the language barrier but I think we should come up with our own Mars language because then everyone on Mars could speak to each other and be social.

    To get food, we could plant plants in greenhouses or domes where it is the right temperature and place. We could also maybe start animal farms inside that are air-conditioned at the right temperature for the animals and then eat them. However, I think our best choice is to grow plants because we have an unlimited amount of them if we keep them in the right condition and place. And water wise, like you said, we could drill into the Martian surface and find ice which we could heat at the right temperature to make it melt to water. This is a challenge however because we could accidentally turn it into vapour which would be a waste and do nothing helpful.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      succinct_leaves's comment 04 Nov 2019

      A detailed answer full of reasoning, succinct_leaves. Do you think nations could come together like they have on the International Space Station - https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/cooperation/index.html - for a project like Mars habitation?

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      1. Braiswick Primary School succinct_leaves | Braiswick Primary School
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 10 Nov 2019

        Yes, or at least, we should. This is because countries on their own can't afford or can only just afford to send people to Mars so if we come together then we will definitely be able to afford it. I can see a flaw in this, however, countries don't like working together but like competing like in the Space Race and sadly wars. This reason makes it highly unlikely that countries will work together to send the first people to Mars.

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  • Hammond School logo genius_flute | Hammond Junior School A
    02 Nov 2019

    I believe there may be a rather simple solution to the 'food' problem on Mars, which is that rockets could transport goods from Earth as people have already developed foods that could last for months if not years, although this would be extremely expensive, which would link to my opinion of it not being worth the cost. I would also like to point out the inaccuracy of the fact that Mars is the closest planet to Earth. Most people would argue that Venus is the closest, but it has a much deeper answer than this. To answer this simple but surprisingly difficult question. As the solar system is not layed out like a line, but instead a 'circle' orbiting around our home star, always in motion, this investigation has two answers. One, which planet gets the closest all year, which is Venus, and two, which planet is closest to the Earth for MOST of the time, the answer is Mercury. To get more information on this topic, and see the source of which I found this out, this is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SumDHcnCRuU

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      genius_flute's comment 04 Nov 2019

      A comment with both an open-minded answer and factual information to show scepticism, well done, genius_flute!

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg respectful_cloud | Upton Cross Primary School A
    02 Nov 2019

    Here we have lot of livelihood. we need to spend money on earth where we are living rather than where there is no hope for life.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      respectful_cloud's comment 04 Nov 2019

      Well done for speaking up, respectful_cloud. Could you give reasons why we should focus on our lives here?

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      1. Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg brave_grape | Noel Park Primary School
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 04 Nov 2019

        Although I disagree that there is no hope for life on Mars, I do agree that we can’t just completely disregard our lives here on Earth. I believe that it is our responsibility to focus at least a certain amount of money on research that might improve our own planet and the lives of people who live here, for example researching cures for diseases, finding ways to overcome global warming, supporting people in less developed countries to ensure that they have access to enough food and water.

        By focusing all our money on space exploration, we are essentially giving up on Earth. I think it’s ok to look for alternative places to inhabit, for example Mars, but this needs to be used as an emergency solution. As you can see, Mars will never be an ideal home for humans so surely we need to concentrate on sorting out the place we currently live and making it as good as it can be for as long as possible.

        It makes me worry that, if people knew for certain that there was another option for the future of the human race, such as building a colony on Mars, they would care less about looking after the Earth and issues such as pollution and nuclear war would become less important in people’s minds.

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      2. Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg respectful_cloud | Upton Cross Primary School A
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 05 Nov 2019

        we need to focus on growth of agriculture , because of population. More source of employment even for an average person . There are many health issues now a days, so need to find solution.

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  • Hammond School logo practical_message | Hammond Junior School E
    03 Nov 2019

    It would take 3 years to go to mars in a rocket, three years, that is so long. Also rockets are not good for the environment and if there are several and several rockets going to Mars, Earth will be destroyed, but we could really help the environment by swapping petrol cars to electric cars and using machines to make the air super clean, recycle loads, not cutting down trees for paper, and making aeroplanes electric or finding better ways to get to country to country and making more wind farms. If we do all of that, maybe getting to mars will be possible without destroying Earth and we could make roads on mars by flatterning it down so it's flat. For oxygen, make trees in plant pots all around the planet and stick them on.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      practical_message's comment 04 Nov 2019

      How possible would it be for trees to live on Mars? Could you do some research and test your own reasons?

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg brilliant_blackberry | Noel Park Primary School
    04 Nov 2019

    According to my research, there is almost no oxygen in the air on Mars (0.1% to be exact in contrast to 21% oxygen in the air here on Earth!), it’s extremely cold, there is low pressure and there is high radiation. Because of the thin atmosphere and lack of sunlight, it would also be difficult to get things to grow. These are not conditions that humans would be able to survive in.

    I decided to look at each of these problems in turn and think about how scientists might be able to solve them so that we could live on Mars if we needed to.

    Harsh conditions
    One way around the harsh conditions would be for humans to wear space suits for the entire time, which wouldn’t exactly be a practical solution. Alternatively (and probably more likely) scientists could create artificial habitats, but these would need to be self-sustaining, sealed against the low oxygen atmosphere and capable of supporting life for extended periods of time. On top of this, these habitats would need to be built out of materials that would protect humans from high levels of radiation, meaning that it would essentially be an ISS but rooted on the surface of the planet.

    Another suggestion is something called plasma technology, which scientists have said could create a sustainable oxygen supply on Mars. Plasma technology creates oxygen from carbon dioxide through a process known as decomposition. The scientist involved in this research concluded that, although there is little oxygen in Mars’ atmosphere, it has nearly ideal conditions for creating oxygen by this process, which would provide humans with the supplies they would need to breathe.

    Growth
    To make habitats self sustaining, growth is essential so that food and medicine supplies can be kept well stocked. A solution for the lack of growth on Mars would be to use artificial leaves, which are specially designed to work under harsh conditions. These leaves, which are made out of silicone, can take sunlight and turn it into enough power to fuel the necessary chemical reactions to make medicine and other compounds. Unlike real leaves, they only require a little bit of sunlight whilst, at the same time, being protected from UV rays.

    Clearly there are issues surrounding the idea of humans living on Mars that need to be dealt with, but scientists are already finding ways around some of these problems. Imagine how far technology will have progressed by the time humans are actually ready to inhabit Mars. People will need to adapt and learn how to live in different conditions, but I feel like it is definitely possible and certainly shouldn’t be ruled out.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      brilliant_blackberry's comment 04 Nov 2019

      Well done for choosing to write this as a comment, brilliant_blackberry. You've also shown open-mindedness in the way you write. Could you tell us where you found your information for this?

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  • Crampton-logo-250x250.jpg inspired_petal | Crampton Primary School
    04 Nov 2019

    On Mars, there could be life on Mars but it's rare that there is.
    On Mars,the average temperature is about -60 degrees Celsius or -80 degrees Fahrenheit and on it's poles it's about -125 degrees Celsius or -195 degrees Fahrenheit.
    This is too cold for any living creature on Earth but, this might not be the case on Mars. There is water on Mars but is believed to be completely ice due to the unbearable climate of Mars. Nothing in this Universe can survive without water thus life on Mars is basically impossible.

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  • Crampton-logo-250x250.jpg inspired_petal | Crampton Primary School
    04 Nov 2019

    I hope you agree with me

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  • Chestnut Park logo splendid_badger | Chestnut Park Primary School
    04 Nov 2019

    I don’t agree that we can grow on Mars because Mars is 227.9 million km away from the sun and Earth is 149.6 million km from the sun . So that means that Earth is closer than to the sun so that is why we can grow on Earth. In Space there is no climate which means we can’t have rain but we can’t grow plants with out rain.

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  • Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg nice_beaver | Bruntcliffe Academy
    04 Nov 2019

    I disagree as to weather or not life is on Mars prior or subsequent to our arrival because I do not believe that it is morally necessary or correct because the creation and beginning of the human race has caused planet and therefore global situations like war that has caused the loss of life by mass millions and that contributed to the largest unnatural growing of global warming and the fact that in all the years that the prevention could have taken place such as scientists querying the global leaders of that time frame ignored and if we can't stop the destruction of our origin planet who is to say that the hundreds of millions that it would cause to terraform Mars would not go to waste with the continuous usage of everything needed to do so when we would bring another planet to become alke Earth overpopulated and polluted.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      nice_beaver's comment 04 Nov 2019

      You’ve spoken up well here and make an interesting point about pollution. In future try to break up your comments with more full stops - it will make you easier to understand. Could you sum up what you’re saying in one sentence?

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      1. Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg nice_beaver | Bruntcliffe Academy
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 04 Nov 2019

        The injudicious decisions made by global leaders of the past has lead to the increase ofpollution. This could have been resolved but wasn't and was therefore made an issue for all future generations on Earth.

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg creative_sparrow | The Ruth Gorse Academy
    04 Nov 2019

    I’m all for space exploration, however, I’m not too optimistic about the human race colonising Mars. As human beings, we don’t even care for our own planet, so how do you expect us to care for Mars? We mistreat Earth so badly that we manage to cause our own climate crisis. And we haven’t even cleared the huge ‘space junk’ around our own orbit. So I’m not sure how we would sustain any life long enough to not make a mess of Mars too. Furthermore, as civilisation goes we are so not in harmony with one another so how can we be civilised on Mars? We pollute our own world, we exhaust every valuable resource, fight over land, our differences and we still have power-hungry dictators that have little care for basic human rights so unless we get along I can’t see it happening anytime soon. And, if there is another space race, individual countries would perhaps want to compete with one another to get there first. Would there be conflict to follow? If countries like China manages to terraform Mars first, I’m not too sure they’d be willing to share Mars with any other country based on their track record of land-grabbing.

    And, another thing, when I look at Mars, I do not see a place of safe haven; do you really want to live there? I’m not too sure how adaptable humans really are. Even on Earth, there are many harsh, cold places with very few human habitants, and even though Antarctica has a base, it’s there for scientific research; not to live there. Yet, these environments are comparatively less harsh than the condition on Mars, which is extremely cold (-60ºc and -125ºc nearer to the poles), the ground and the air is also toxic, covered in fine red dust, and it’s radioactive, so to venture out you would need to wear a space suit with an oxygen mask just to stay alive. Mars is also further from the sun so utilising energy from the sun is extremely poor. And there’s still plenty more challenges to overcome so I think others like me would probably accept our fate on Earth. And perhaps by knowing this, we should really cherish what we do have and do a lot, lot more to look after our own planet.

    However, the drive for any space exploration always pushes the boundaries for any new technologies like never before and there are plenty of motivated scientists and visionaries from the likes of Elon Musk who have enough funds to try and figure out how to overcome all these extreme obstacles to make it a viable dream. And by doing so, some of these pioneers could also one day find the solution to fixing our own climate crisis. Perhaps a method to control levels of CO2 in our atmosphere, purifying our air from pollution or develop a method of producing efficient energy source. Based on all the previous space exploration, who knows what inventions may come along?

    https://www.space.com/36800-five-ways-to-die-on-mars.html
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVov8o9x0yI

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      creative_sparrow's comment 04 Nov 2019

      A mature and open minded comment, creative_sparrow. You have looked at both sides - what is your verdict having weighed them up?

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      1. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg creative_sparrow | The Ruth Gorse Academy
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 06 Nov 2019

        After giving it a lot more thought, I believe at this moment in time, I don’t think it’s a good idea for Nasa to send a manned mission to Mars let alone colonising it, not while we still have the greatest problem to solve on Earth and that’s Climate Change. If we deflect our focus and budget to Mars, then it would be increasingly hard to solve the crisis. Surely, if there’s a drive to manufacture a support system on Mars, then, there has to be an even a greater drive to sustain a support system on Earth that benefits all life on Earth rather than a few eager explorers? And, tackling Climate Change cannot surely be as difficult as having to create an ecosystem from a dead planet? I mean, I’m no scientist, but can scientists even make a single living cell out of non living components? And, lastly, my biggest reason is that the condition on Mars is way too hazardous for humans to be the first entity to go there to terraform Mars.

        I think a better option is to invent super AI Robots that are far more advanced and capable of many things. They should be the ones to set foot on Mars first. Their job would be to make Mars a liveable planet for future beings, thereby reducing the risk and obstacles for future explorers. Besides, it’s much easier and less costly than to maintain a living being; at least for the initial stage. This way it will increase the odds of human survival at a later stage. A super AI could terraform Mars by changing the atmosphere and paving the way to make it sustainable for all biological life. I think once the condition is set right, then it’s possible for humans to set foot on Mars.

        However, if a private enterprise like SpaceX wants to send a manned mission to Mars, then I’m all for it as it will bring advancement in all areas of science. After all, it’s not costing the taxpayers any money and there’s always plenty of explorers that are all too eager to take on such a challenge. But colonising Mars is another matter, and I’m not too sure that it could ever happen in our lifetime.

        Whilst researching to see whether a colony on Mars could ever work, I came across a fascinating project done in 1991 called Biosphere 2. The idea was for 8 scientists to lock themselves away in a self-sustaining ecosystem for 2 years; similar to being in a fake Mars colony. The project was apparently ‘a miserable and expensive failure’ because they struggle to grow enough food to eat and when they came out they were all emaciated. And, the stress of having to deal with each other day in and day out in a confined space took it’s toll. This meant they argued on many things and ended up splitting into two warring factions. And yet, they were all carefully chosen so they could get along. So, if scientists found it hard, can you imagine how hard the venture would be for mere mortals to go live on Mars?

        I can see terraforming Mars will only be in a distant future and even then I think it should be done by super AI first. But right now, first and foremost, we should fix our planet because it’s way more beautiful than Mars and, besides, the majority of our descendents will still remain on Earth for quite some time.


        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biosphere_2
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vost68EPQ8E

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        1. tom Tom @ the BNC
          creative_sparrow's comment 06 Nov 2019

          This is a very maturely written comment, creative_sparrow. You write about robots on Mars - this has technically already happening with machines like the ExoMars rover. We have it’s senior engineer - Abbie Hutty - it as one of our experts - why not ask her a question that will help you come to your conclusions on this?

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          1. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg creative_sparrow | The Ruth Gorse Academy
            Tom @ the BNC's comment 07 Nov 2019

            Thanks Tom! I guess I’m thinking about robots further in the future that are much, much, more advanced than the robots we have on Mars. Maybe to remote control them from Earth and possibly replicate themselves in greater numbers to terraform Mars for us humans. But I know it sounds more like science fiction and even if it was possible it’s most likely to be at least several hundred years away. But anyway I will ask the questions to Abby Hutty!

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg eager_orange | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    05 Nov 2019

    why is there no gravity in space

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg eager_orange | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    05 Nov 2019

    What would your first words be if you went to the moon

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  • St Marys Whitstable logo adept_leaf | St Mary's Catholic Primary School B
    05 Nov 2019

    It could happen but the world’s billionaires would have to forfeit their fortunes.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg happy_sparrow | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    06 Nov 2019

    I think the next planet we would be able to live on is Neptune for several reasons : when the sun grows older it gets bigger which means our Earth will burn up but that would also mean a different planet would become not to close but not to far away so it would be able to inhabit life. Neptune could be that planet since it is very cold which means when the sun gets closer it's frozen surfase would start to thor creating rivers and oceans that will provide water and water that is essential to a human and an animal and even a plant! The air on Neptune would be too cold to breath but when the sun gets closer the air would start to warm up enough for it to become breathable. I remember some of these facts from a documentary on space and because of those facts I strongly believe human kind will be living on Neptune and claim it as the new Earth!

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_eel | Noel Park Primary School
    06 Nov 2019

    I think we could live on Mars but it will be hard if we do because if we can't take care of Earth how are we going to take care of Earth how are we going to take care of Mars if we have our own pollution problems also if we go to Mars it will take approximately about 260 days . Also, how are we going to get air because there is no oxygen in Mars .

    But, there is a way to prevent all of this from happening. Firstly, to get rid of pollution by making it a law so we help our soon-claimed planet also by making huge posters everywhere about the dangers and consequences it can cause.

    Secondly, to get air from Mars there are fake plants that could provide us oxygen and all that is needed for the plant is a little bit of sunlight .what I have learnt from this is it is possible to live on Mars but the real question is, is it possible to get everyone who needs or wants to go to Mars going to make it with no problem?

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_eel | Noel Park Primary School
    06 Nov 2019

    I supposed to say Mars on the second line,
    third word

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg jubilant_chocolate | Graveney School
    07 Nov 2019

    I think that inhabiting Mars is possible as there already traces of water particles under the cold surface. I think that we could live on Mars although there are many pictures of cold gas clouds.

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  • Allerton-logo-250x250.jpg triumphant_tomato | Allerton High School
    07 Nov 2019

    I Think it's not possible I have many reasons for it and I think it is a well thought out plan but eve if we did it we wouldn't have enough money for it .also a idea has come into my head that I think would make it have a big
    Problem even lots of people who want to be astronauts cant because of space sickness so if we did move to Mars many wouldn't be able to does anyone agree with me

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  • The Sherwood School buzzing_desert | The Sherwood School
    07 Nov 2019

    Wow this is a lot, it took me ages to read but it was worth it, i now no a lot about mars and space thank you so much.

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  • Braiswick Primary School spirited_insect | Braiswick Primary School
    07 Nov 2019

    I am not sure because like you said it does have an atmosphere which is good but there was no original life form, meaning a miracle would have to happen. Also how would we provide entertainment? And how would we have to live? Would we have to live in spacesuits forever? I have so many questions but I can't answer them because I'm not a scientist myself.

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  • Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg confident_guineapig | Phoenix Primary School
    07 Nov 2019

    I believe that there is life on Mars because there is water on it and it is solid but you won’t be able to sleep any where because the flour if hard and very cold on the surface and at night it’s cold but I think there is life

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  • The Sherwood School grateful_crab | The Sherwood School
    07 Nov 2019

    It is a yes and a no from me since NASA hasn't fully explored it and due to the water on the planet it is very possible their could be unidentified life forms which could possibly be dangerous. If mars has at least some kind of oxygen, probably not , we would most definitely be unable to live there. But there is possible chances and we will find out as scientific research continues. Recently, 3-4 female astronauts were meant to go to Mars but NASA hadn't made the suit big and strong enough to with stand the air pressure and could not hold enough oxygen. But it is obvious NASA is trying to discover more and I think they are on to something, something big.


    It is most likely the next inter galactic mission will be taken to Mars with the correct equipment to withstand the circumstances. Lastly I think we would not be able to inhabit Mars due to the sudden storms and unexpected weather conditions. It is possible scientists could figure out the weather in Mars using the equipment usec on Earth ut the weather and signal could affect the outcome and we would not be prepared.

    In summary, I believe we could NOT inhabit Mars..

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      grateful_crab's comment 08 Nov 2019

      Thanks for this answer, grateful_crab. 'Intergalactic' actually means travelling between two galaxies, so a mission to Mars would be 'inter-planetary.' Inter means between! Where did you find your information about the female astronauts for Mars?

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  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    08 Nov 2019

    This is proving a very popular topic - if discovering Mars interests you, then you might want to ask one of our experts, Abbie Hutty, a question. Abbie was the Lead Spacecraft Structures Engineer, for the ExoMars Rover Vehicle! https://burnetnewsclub.com/issues/space-exploration/the-discussion/ask-astronaut-and-other-experts/

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg stellar_context | Richmond Hill Academy
    08 Nov 2019

    i think you cant live on the mars because it would take to long and you will run out of food,water and oxygen

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg stellar_context | Richmond Hill Academy
    08 Nov 2019

    Traveling to Mars is just the first leg of the journey — when Earth and Mars are closest to each other, the trip will take a mere 260 days. Once we get there, the challenge becomes landing on the planet’s surface. What type of landing system will get our astronauts and colonists safely to the surface?

    Back in 2007, scientists considered four possible solutions to get astronauts to the surface. One idea was a Legged Landing System based off the Lunar Lander. This system could provide the option to both land and take off from the red planet. Secondly, the SLS System, or Sky-Crane Landing System, would use population systems to lower rovers and other equipment onto the surface. This system can unload cargo and take off again. The third design discussed was an Air Bag Landing System, which would rely on a rocket that cuts its thrust above the surface of the planet as well as an air bag for the equipment to land on. However, this wouldn’t be the best option for people. Lastly, scientists considered Touchdown Sensing. Equipment senses the surface and the landing site, and compensates accordingly.

    Ten years later, scientists have other ideas on how to land manned missions to Mars. According to Richard (Rick) McGuire Davis, Jr., Assistant Director for Science and Exploration and co-leader of the Mars Human Landing Sites Study at NASA, “landers will have to dive deep into the Martian atmosphere and skirt closer to the surface than we have done in the past… [since] the Martian atmosphere is thickest near the surface.” When asked about the previous methods of technology mentioned above he said, “The lander is so heavy that many technologies will not work, such as airbags, sky-cranes and parachutes. In fact, to slow down, we will be heavily reliant on jets.” How heavy will the crewed missions be? This supersonic retro-propulsion technology is required to be able to deliver the “projected 20 metric ton” spacecraft to the surface of Mars. For comparison, the Curiosity rover was only 1 metric ton

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School entertaining_wolverine | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    08 Nov 2019

    magical_chicken I think, when you said about putting monorails around Mars, that we would be ruining another planet because we as humans are capable of destroying planets by putting too much modern technology.

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy
    08 Nov 2019

    Hi triumphant_tomato. I really like your comment.

    I agree with you when you said about not having enough money. It would cost a lot to send the majority of people on a rocket to Mars. And even more to make it a lot like our home. Furthermore, since a lot of things are happening around the world, such as Brexit, climate change and the Hong Kong crisis, and these all use a lot of money. So is it really our priority to colonize mars?

    However, the part about space sickness I do not entirely agree on. With the amount of how much humans have learned over the years to do with medicine, could it be a possibility that they could create something to help prevent space sickness? I'm guessing that they would. This might sound a bit silly: but I feel like it could be sort of like travel sickness pills but stronger. Also, since space sickness only lasts for the journey part of it all ( 6 months which is quite some time ) it wouldn't happen on Mars.
    Former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly lived for a year on the International Space Station. Without Earth’s gravitational pull, the zero-gravity weakened his bones and muscles, and expanded the space between his vertebrae, making him two inches taller. This isn't exactly a sickness that you could get; however, this is the sort of thing that could happen on Mars. I guess what I'm trying to say is that humans would have to adapt to Mars instead of just getting sick.
    ''This would almost certainly lead to shorter life spans and health complications, including neurological disorders if our skulls shrank with the rest of us.'' I found this quote on the source that I was using the fact that it said 'health complications and neurological disorders' has sort of made me agree with you a bit more.
    I had found another interesting fact on my source it said that scientists think that our skin will turn orange: ''turns out, the carotenoids that make carrots, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins look orange to offer a certain amount of protection against harmful UV radiation. When we eat these pigments in large amounts, we actually get a boost of protective carotene in our bloodstream and under our skin.'' I think what it's trying to say that if we eat lots of carrots, it would give us protection from the sun. I'm not 100% sure if I explained that correctly, so please try and correct me if that's the case.
    Also, one more fact that I found is this: ''But it may also be a great defense against cancer on Mars. The planet’s thin atmosphere lets in massive amounts of UV, and other high-energy, radiation compared to Earth." This is amazing. If we moved to mars not a lot of us would suffer from cancer.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/what-humans-look-like-on-mars-2018-5?r=US&IR=T

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      balanced_singer's comment 11 Nov 2019

      This is a very interesting comment with lots of evidence to back up your opinion, balanced_singer. I see you've asked some questions of Bonnie Posselt, our expert in space medicine. You might want to ask some more related to what you've written here! (Tuesday 12th is the deadline, by the way!)

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  • St Marys Whitstable logo dedicated_strawberry | St Mary's Catholic Primary School B
    10 Nov 2019

    I don’t think it’s possible because there might be water in it but there wouldn’t be enough for everyone. Also there is a high risk because I don’t think there is enough oxygen for people to live on there. Also there is no gravity so it would be harder to do stuff.

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg skillful_passionfruit | Graveney School
    11 Nov 2019

    It would be quite a long journey to Mars (about 300 days) and what are we going to do with that time? Also, if we were to bring our own soil and crops ,and if it gets infected somehow, won't it just be a waste? We would have to make sure that there would be enough land to support a planet, which would need the whole world's co-operation, and you would need a lot of money to transport all the plants to Mars. You would also have to consider the people in less fortunate countries, and people who live on the streets. How would they have the money to transport themselves to Mars? We would have to rely on billionaires to afford it. Think about the houses, the civilisation as well. How is about 7.7 billion people supposed give up and change to some unknown lifestyle? Since Mars is half the diameter of Earth, we would find it very crowded. I don't think it's a good idea to go into space. We already have a planet that need saving, and we don't want another to ruin another . We would be leaving behind our ancestors, and countless of innocent animals, who we affected with climate change, and then just leave the damage unsolved. The world that millions died in battle protecting.
    That's just my idea, but it doesn't necessarily mean I'm correct.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      skillful_passionfruit's comment 12 Nov 2019

      Great reasons given, skillful_passionfruit! I think the point you make about money is interesting. What other risks might there be, if only very rich people could inhabit space? Think about fairness and equality here and what the consequences might be.

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      1. Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg skillful_passionfruit | Graveney School
        Olivia @ the BNC's comment 12 Nov 2019

        I think they would pay for themselves first, and then their family, and use the remaining money (if they have any ) to buy supplies for the journey and secure one of the better houses on Mars. If they went to Mars when the planet's doomed, then it would be like the 'king and peasant' system all over again. While we would stay on Earth, suffering, they would be enjoying their time up in space. It's not really fair, as we have just as much right to go to Mars as they do. Though, while people may choose to stay on Earth, I think most of us would rather move to Mars than live on a dying planet. It's certainly possible to do so, but again, money's the problem. If some people can't even support themselves on this planet, how are people supposed to support themselves on Mars? And what jobs would we have? As the human rights say, adults have the right to get a job, and to get a fair wage for it. Though many people don't really think about them much, they are actually really important.
        Thank you for replying to my post!

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    2. Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg magical_chicken | Graveney School
      skillful_passionfruit's comment 13 Nov 2019

      Thank you for your opinions. Have you considered the fact that new technology could make things like hyper sleep chambers or some other way to make the journey take less time?

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  • New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg hilarious_hen | New Horizons Children's Academy
    13 Nov 2019

    This is really interesting! It really gets you thinking if the habitation on Mars could ever be possible. But the universe is really big and alot of things could happen. Maybe in 30 years something will be found on Mars to support the thought of living there.

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  • Braiswick Primary School spirited_insect | Braiswick Primary School
    13 Nov 2019

    I think Mars will be inhabitable as we still need to do things like fix the atmospheric effects and find oxygen at night as there is enough oxygen to support life in the daytime. But I don’t want to risk my planet for another because it will be a lot of hard work and although work does not matter, I think we should just fix Global warming so we can continue life and comfort. I want to stay on Earth although as I said in the beginning it could be inhabitable.

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg artistic_cheetah | Graveney School
    13 Nov 2019

    I think humans could go to mars. However, one of the reasons people are considering it is because earth is 'slowly dying'. This is not an ethical reason for space exploration as people may take it for granted. Adding onto this point, some may think that it is ok to completely destroy a planet, and move to another - this is not good!

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  • Hillyfield School logo considerate_construction | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    14 Nov 2019

    Potentially,but in the late future if at all. We need to build up resources like fuel,money and tough metals.NASA and SpaceX are promising that we will land on Mars.Personally, I believe that they are being over -ambitious

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  • Hammond School logo empowered_conclusion | Hammond Junior School D
    15 Nov 2019

    if there was air on mars then there is a possibility

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  • Preston Manor School observant_mango | Preston Manor School
    15 Nov 2019

    If humans were to migrate to Mars, wouldn’t it affect our knowledge of our surroundings? Sure, scientists will have tested it to see if life is possible, but wouldn’t it be a step back in the development of our technology?

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