It seems clear that the colonisation of Mars is not so much a matter of “will it happen?” as “when will it happen?”
As the next most-habitable place in our Solar System beyond Earth, Mars is a major focus of our astrobiological efforts.
Sending astronauts to Mars will present many challenges, many of which have to do with simply getting the astronauts there in one piece!
In the next few years, Mars will be visited by three new rovers searching for evidence of past and present life.
While Starlink and Musks’ other ventures are still subject to the law of the land here on Earth, Mars may be a different story.
When human beings start living on Mars for extended periods of time they will need to be as self-sufficient as possible.
People hoping to colonize Venus will have to be satisfied with living in cities in the clouds, at least in the short term.
In so many ways, a permanent human presence on the Moon could open the door to the entire Solar System.
There's quite a bit of buzz these days about how humanity could become a "multiplanetary" species.
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.
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