The cylindrical dwellings comprise an outer shell, which is tethered to the surface of the planet (to guard against strong winds), and an internal shell. These houses are set across four levels, with a wet lab on the lower level, kitchen and dry lab above, and the top two floors for recreation. For the moment that “houses” are done for experiments and operations.
After the “building blocks of life” were discovered on the Red Planet, life on Mars and living on Mars seems to be less like a scene from the movie The Martian and more like a reality.
Mars is more Earth-like than any other planet in the solar system, making it an attractive second option for the human race. There’s also a natural beauty on the planet: a grand canyon that measures nearly the entire width of the U.S. and a volcano the size of Arizona.
The plan is to send someone to the planet by 2040. But that’s dependent on quite a few factors.
Here are some obstacles:
We have to land. Right now, NASA is able to land a 1-ton vehicle on the surface of Mars. For a human to land, it would need to park about 10 tons on the surface. That vehicle would also need to land with precision — mainly not mountains or hills or rocks.
It’s not a one-way ticket, at least right now. That’s why NASA is now working on a Mars 2020 rover. “Sometime in the next decade, we plan to blast off the surface of Mars and return.”
We would need to wear spacesuits all the time. Weather on Mars is extreme. The difference between Monday and Tuesday could be 170 degrees. The average temperature is well below zero. The air is also largely carbon dioxide — good for planets, bad for people.
We’d have to get used to dust storms. About every 26 months, it’s summer on Mars, it’s the dust storm season. These storms are made up of fine dust that gets caught in the atmosphere, we would need to do a house protection for that