Moving to Mars Permanently

Moving to Mars Permanently

People have begun the applications in hopes to be accepted to the opportunity to move to the “Red Planet.” (Photo provided by Pixabay.)

If you are tired of this planet, you’ll be excited to hear the news: People are planning to move to Mars permanently.

Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun named after the Roman god of war, and is often referred to as the Red Planet. The terrestrial planet has surface features reminiscent of the moon, with valleys, deserts and polar ice caps.

While some people would never be able to give up their possessions and life here on earth, others are choosing to leave everything behind to explore Mars.

Hundreds of people have applied to be chosen for a one-way trip to Mars, and the selection process is detailed, as not everybody would be right fit for the trip.

Candidates must be curious, creative, adaptable and over the age of 18. Other physical and intellectual requirements are also needed for the evaluation.

Natalie Lawler, Australian native and mother of two, has been selected as the 100th global finalists competing to be part of the four-person team to head off to Mars in 2024 to live permanently.

“I think that all humans have this natural curiosity and it’s the next giant leap for mankind. If we can live on Mars we can live anywhere,” Lawler said.

The plan is to have a colony on Mars, sending another team of four astronauts every two years. Teams will be trained for eight years with diligence.

The program hopes to do eight cargo missions to show they can provide and supply oxygen, water and habitat before people leave the Earth.

”There’s lots of risks with the mission, but the benefit of the mission that Mars 1 has planned is that it’s using proven technology, so they are not waiting for technology to be invented to be able to make this mission a success,” Lawler said.

Mars settlers will have to take food supplies and plant crops in order to survive.

NASA developed a soil similar to Mars in order to test crop growths. Dutch scientists were able to find crops of four vegetables and cereals that have been safe to eat.

According to the team from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, several harvests of peas, rye, radishes and tomatoes grown on the soil were found with no dangerous levels of heavy metals.

Further testing is needed on remaining crops.

Uncertainty remains on whether or not humans can be survive in high levels of metals, such as cadmium, copper and lead, all present in Mars soil.

For more information on missions to Mars, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/. 

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