Is it possible for humans to live on Mars?

Sure, we have a rover on the red planet now—but what about humans eventually living on it? AsapSCIENCE investigates.

 

Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Published Nov 17, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 4:52 am CDT

We may have landed a probe onto a comet, but whether we may one day colonize Mars is still up in the air, explains AsapSCIENCE in a new video.

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It’s a concept often portrayed in TV and films, and it’s something scientists have already experimented with: A Mars-simulation colony in northern Canada receives a similar amount of solar radiation as the red planet. But how would it work logistically?

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We’d have the necessary amount of water, and we’d have the necessary amount of breathing air, but at this point, the cons outweigh the pros. The vast distance from Earth is just one deterrent.

Still, as unlikely as living on Mars may seem, a lot of humanity’s accomplishments in space once seemed impossible.

Photo via NASA/Wikimedia Commons (PD)

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*First Published: Nov 17, 2014, 3:02 pm CST