If we intend to "go interplanetary" and establish a colony on Mars, we need to know how to address the long-term needs of the colonists.
If we ever intend to send crewed missions to deep-space locations, then we need to come up with solutions for keeping the crews supplied.
In the next few years, Mars will be visited by three new rovers searching for evidence of past and present life.
Carl Sagan showed that Mars has the necessary elements to become more "Earth-like", providing some serious changes are introduced.
While Starlink and Musks’ other ventures are still subject to the law of the land here on Earth, Mars may be a different story.
With Elon Musk looking to colonize Mars in the near future, the size and shape of humanity's future in space is difficult to predict.
Mars is cold, dry, irradiated, and the air is thin and unbreathable. But with the right kind of technology, living on Mars could be possible.
SpaceX has been working on a launch system that consists of a reusable spacecraft and a super-heavy booster - aka. the Starship and Super Heavy.
Sure, we haven’t figured it all out yet. But the prospect of becoming the first Martians continues to inspire ideas and possible solutions!
It seems clear that the colonisation of Mars is not so much a matter of “will it happen?” as “when will it happen?”