We may need GMOs to survive on Mars

We may need to get over our knee-jerk reaction to GMO crops, as they may be necessary to survive on Mars. The study of genetically modifying organisms so that they can survive on spaceships and other planets is called ‘space synthetic biology’ (1). The harsh conditions on Mars present many challenges when it comes to[…]

Terraforming Mars: How to live sustainably on the red planet

Terraforming Mars involves changing the surface and climate of the planet to make large areas hospitable to humans. There are many reasons why permanent human habitation on Mars is being planned for: population growth, demand for resources, and runaway climate change. Of course, if and when we terraform Mars, it would be ludicrous to repeat[…]

Facing serious health challenges during the mission to Mars

It takes between 150-300 days to get to Mars (1). The time it takes depends on the speed of the launch, the alignment of Earth and Mars, and how much fuel is used. Regardless of how long it takes, it’s a very, very long journey. And one of the challenges for astronauts is staying healthy.[…]

What would life be like on the Red Planet?

Elon Musk plans to colonise Mars (1) – but what would life be like on the red planet? Last September, SpaceX founder Elon Musk gave a keynote speech at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. In his speech, he laid out his ambitious plans to get humans to Mars by 2022. Colonising Mars is no[…]

Vegetables in space

If you’re going to be in space for an extended period of time, there’s one thing you won’t take for granted: fresh food. Growing food in microgravity is an obvious hassle, but thanks to NASA’s veg-01 experiment, that could change due to the study in orbit of a plant growth facility called Veggie. Developed by[…]

Mars 500 mission

Mars 500 mission is a very interesting experiment worth talking about. Six men, 520 days in ‘space’ (on the ground in Moscow), locked in a ‘spacecraft’ (a set of modules to mimic a spacecraft). All of this to simulate a manned mission to the red planet.     Mars 500 mission is a psychosocial isolation[…]

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