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Mars colonization (Mars One, SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, MarsDrive, Mars Direct)

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I'm almost sure Mars regolith is very much like the one on Moon.
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Speak of the devil - I once thought about something like that:

http://techland.time...z-1-space-suit/

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What would the actual colony be? A biodome that allows for Earth like activities underneath? Connected capsules? Gravity wheel? Underground base? Buried habitats?

Edited by NightWolf235, 02 November 2012 - 11:24 PM.


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First it would be connected capsules. Then dome or underground thingy. Since I've learned on forum it's possible to give good screening for radiation, dome seems very realistic. Or maybe even more feasible than buried habitats.
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Perhaps in the long term, but in the short term it likely to be cheaper to dig tunnels, less equipment would need to be moved to Mars, although the cot of reinforcing tunnels would hardly be cheap.. The tunnels would make it easier to sustain heat, protect from UV and require much smaller areas to be sealed off.

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If you can 3-d print elements for dome from local materials, then iit will be lot cheaper and easier than infrastructure for digging and securing tunnels. Also digging would be likie changing surface capsules into underground capsules.
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If you are using plastics it may be possible to just print out the domes, however if metals are required we don't currently have the tech, afaik. We could of course just bring flat pack domes, lightweight aluminium frames, then printable domes. I cannot imagine carbon is to hard to get a hold of.

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however if metals are required we don't currently have the tech, afaik.


Actually, we do.

https://en.wikipedia...on_beam_melting

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Huh, now that's interesting, I love this website. Womder of it would be possible to print stuff in space, you already have a vacuum and its not like the dust would blow away. It could make asteroid mining interesting, build the products then launch them at the planet you want to deliver to!

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Huh, now that's interesting, I love this website. Womder of it would be possible to print stuff in space, you already have a vacuum and its not like the dust would blow away. It could make asteroid mining interesting, build the products then launch them at the planet you want to deliver to!


There's one company that's working on space based 3D printers.

http://madeinspace.us/

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My Mars prediction -The United states won't send a manned mission to Mars earlier than 2040. I'll be over 54 and I somehow doubt we will do it alone.

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The days of NASA being the solo space company are essentially dead, when the EU gts out of this huge economic slump I would predict a much larger space programme from the ESA. Russia, China and India will also and do have booming space programmes. Mars will have to be an international venture, especially if we colonise. Last thing we need is a territorial race to Mars, we all know it would end in bloodshed.

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http://mars-one.com/...onaut-selection

 

Mars One Issues Requirements For 2013 Astronaut Selection

Yep, Mars One released requirements for candidates to be first people on Mars.

 

"Unique to all other space exploration endeavors before it, Mars One is opening the astronaut program to anyone on planet Earth that meets the base criteria. It is not necessary to have military training nor experience in flying aircraft nor even a science degree. It is most important that each applicant be intelligent, in good mental and physical health, and be willing to dedicate eight years to training and learning before making the journey to his or her new home on Mars."

 

"While the exact upper limits have not yet been determined, the lower age limit for applicants to apply for the selection program will be 18 years. By the time this person would land on Mars as an astronaut, he or she would be 28 years of age."

 

 

 

What are the qualifications to apply?

http://mars-one.com/...ualify-to-apply

 

 

How will the astronaut selection proceed?

http://mars-one.com/...nauts-be-chosen


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I would have never imagined to see this recruitment ad for a trip to Mars! Especially early at this age!

 

That's, of course, as long this whole thing is really legit. Maybe it is but may just crumble right at the end before the launch.

 

 

EDIT: I just read the qualifications required to be an astronaut to Mars; one thing stands out - anyone who is over 18 years old is eligible. LMAO!


Edited by Raklian, 08 January 2013 - 06:20 PM.

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Yeah. I have no idea if Mars One will manage to do it, but in case they do I'll try to remember when it started. That less than month when this world was supposed to end (yet again) story of new world was about to begin :)


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anyone gonna apply?  I am legit considering it.


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I don think I'd fit. Do they send fatso's in space? :)

 

I guess there's hard chance for being in first missions. But to be among first 80,000 colonists? Why not.


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I can't go cuz I have so much to do on Earth first... As interesting Mars is, it is still a wasteland at the present time.

 

I'll go when the time is right - probably a time when people routinely go to Mars just like we routinely go to our vacation places like Florida, etc.


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There are two sides to me, I really want to go to Mars.  I have always thought being an Astronaut would be awesome.  I took a career aptitude test and the best fit job was Astronaut lol.

 

Anyway, on that extremely small chance that I made it - then I would probably never go back to Earth.  I'd love to go, but I have family and what about a wife?  Forget about that.


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I'm quite happy on Earth thanks! ^^







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