Supposition, of course, but interesting anyway. Maddie Stone with a few details on the book How We’ll Live On Mars by Stephen Petranek.
He argues that we’ve had the tools to get to Mars for decades, we simply haven’t pursued the opportunity. Yet in the past five years, the notion of living Mars has once again sparked public imagination, with private space companies offering us a new window to the stars. Now that it’s become clear that we’re really going to ship humans off to Mars, Petranek says we need to start considering the enormous potential (and pitfalls) that await us out there.
What’s out there?
Martian settlers will have much more technology at their disposal, which they’ll need in order to face the daunting environmental challenges: temperatures far below freezing, no liquid water, and practically no atmosphere, to name a few. But in his survey of the technologies we’ll need to survive—some are already space-ready, others are hypothetical—Petranek makes it clear that survive we can. Sure, those first settlers may need to hunker down below-ground to avoid being eaten alive by cosmic radiation, and yes, they’ll need to wear pressure suits at all times, and maybe they’ll begrudgingly add insect protein to their diets. But as history has proven, the promise of a new world is incredibly alluring.
I’ll wait for the brochures.