There is a question that humanity has been asking itself for a long time now, is Earth the final frontier for the human race? Many scientist and others believe that the Earth is dying, leaving us the responsibility to find a new home for the future generations to come. Many have explained that our neglect and irresponsibility for taking care of the planet is leading us down a path of no return. Others just believe that it is out nature to keep exploring. Like other explorers who have come before us, their bravery led to the construction of civilizations, ideas, technology and other advancements that are thriving even in present day. So is there legitimacy in our growing curiosity in creating a home on Mars?
The thought of moving to Mars has been taken seriously by several organizations. There are currently communities who are ready to launch today, allowing for citizens to secure their seat on the first exploration to put the first human settlement on Mars. Foundations like Mars One have been strategically planning taking people to Mars and establishing civilization on the planet. The organization has been conducting several simulations creating a living space necessary to support life, produce food, allow for recreational activities and much more. But do they have a legitimate case for launching a mission to Mars? I think information and data gathered will help and hurt their case.
Let’s take a look at the environment and conditions that we would encounter on Mars. For one, there is no breathable air on Mars. The atmosphere is mainly comprised of carbon dioxide and nitrogen. Oxygen is extremely limited which would present the issue of creating a manmade environment that would allow humans to survive. Mars One has developed a “Living Unit” that seems to solve the issues of creating a livable home on the surface of the planet. The inflatable living area would provide breathable air, efficient space, flooring, electrical outlets and more that would compare to your living quarters on Earth. Some questions that might arise are how many can live in one unit or how durable is the unit to withstand the weather conditions on Mars? But this strikes a curiosity that maybe living on Mars might not be so different than our daily lives on Earth.
The Mars atmosphere is not one that is capable of supporting human life. The temperature alone presents its own difficulties. The surface of Mars is very cold, ranging from -113 degrees Celsius to 0 degrees Celsius during the summer season. A special suit will be required for a human to be able to explore the Mars surface. Mars One explains that the “Mars Suit” provides the proper safety equipment to keep one safe while moving through the atmosphere of Mars. Along with the temperature inhabitants would encounter air pressure, ultraviolet rays and much more that would have to be protected by a sophisticated suit.
The discovery of water however, drives the thought process of our species being able to survive on Mars. Being that the Earth is composed of around 71% of water, it is difficult to dismiss the thought that this could be the key factor in life flourishing on this planet. Through data collected by NASA missions to Mars, the planet might have consisted of conditions that would have supported life effectively. But would we be able to generate the necessary amount of energy, food, minerals and material required to support daily life for an incalculable amount of time? Mars One believes through its “Life Support Units” that we will be able to create an environment that humans can in inhabit. Allowing for a team to generate electricity, cultivate a water source, provide breathable air and grow crops. The capabilities are remarkable and would produce the necessary elements for a society to thrive.
So, what if you had to move to Mars? What would you be able to take with you? Would it be worth it to move to Mars? That is something that you would have to decide for yourself. I kind of like it here on Earth, but one day we might not have an option, but until then it would not hurt to consider the “what if” scenario. There are many questions that still need to be answered. Is our planet really dying? Could another planet really be a new home for the human race? When could all of this happen? There are too many unknowns, but the fact that there are individuals creating a plan of action helps in preparing us for our future. When the time is right, I am sure the moving industry will adapt with the times and there will be moving companies available to help.