Questions tagged [mars]

For questions about the planet Mars. This includes development, life on Mars, and comparisons to other planet types.

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Constructing airtight, human suitable facilities in (near) vacuum (Moon, Mars etc)

So, we've reached The Moon/Mars. Our band of intrepid Colonists/Lunatics will almost certainly start by working out of prefabricated facilities (ship, habitat etc) but they will eventually run out of ...
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Project Noah: Blue Mars

Set in the 23rd Century, space tourism has matured. The scientists gathered at a summit to discuss plans for terraforming Mars, therefore the Mars colonists living inside a temporary biosphere will ...
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Hidden Aliens on Mars?

How would you justify hidden aliens on Mars, which no one on Earth has discovered yet? I was thinking over it, and having them be primitive or highly advanced seems a necessity. The latter gives ...
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How would colonists on Mars effectively move about with the lower gravity?

My colony on Mars is built within lava tubes (for the most part) below the surface. I am assuming that doesn't change the gravity which is at 38% of Earth's. Let's say this is a well established ...
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Thermite for metallurgy?

As we all know, a majority of the Martian soil is composed of ferric oxide ($Fe_2O_3$), which is also coincidentally the formula for hematite, one of the most common ores of iron. I think (personally)...
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How to fly around the Martian thin layer of sky without burning holes in our pockets?

In the late 21st century C.E. total human population on the Martian soil reaches 5 millions with the majority inbred. They are scattered across the red planet living in football field sized domes and ...
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Martian minerals

What minerals can we find in martian soil? Or what rare minerals can we find on our planet and can be placed beneath Mars? How deep, how much, and most important: how precious. I really appreciate ...
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Could (reasonably sized) walkers be used on Mars?

Could walkers be used on Mars? These walkers would range from 20 ton 2 legged machines to 110 ton 12 legged machines with the most common ones ones being 60 tonnes with 8 legs. These mechs are low to ...
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Will new born babies on Mars have any body changes?

So I was wondering if new born babies on Mars would have any body changes rather than new born babies in Earth. Example: Would the bone structure be different when they grow up?
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What is the minimum industrial infrastructure required to colonize Mars?

There's resources on Mars but the environment is completely inhospitable so sending colonists before the requisite infrastructure to support them is established is doomed to fail, at least that's what ...
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We burst their bubble. Now what? [closed]

This question continues story of one ESA vs NASA battle on Mars. I tried to put everything important into this question. Also, being from Europe, I took ESA side as the one winning: Year: 2100ish ...
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Assuming that the environment of Earth and Mars are similar, is there possible trading between Earth and Mars in current technology?

Let's assume that Mars has an atmosphere, oceans, plants, and animals, even there is some native civilization like John Carter. Is there any possible trading between Earth and Mars? I noticed that ...
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What if Mars and Venus switched places?

So... Mars has a thin atmosphere, and is far from the sun, so it's too cold for humans. Venus is close to the sun, has a very thick atmosphere, and therefore is too hot for humans. What would happen ...
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How possible would a manned base be on the moons of Mars? [closed]

Planning on writing a story that features a manned scientific base (like the International Space Station) on both moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos. I had some questions concerning the possibility of ...
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How can future Mars colonists combat intelligence loss?

Earth is more massive than Mars, so people on Martian soil would definitely suffer some health issues due to weaker gravity. Blood circulation is badly affected as heart muscles starts to deteriorate; ...
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Would vegetation-like decorations help to alleviate homesickness on a Lunar or Mars colony?

The sterile and unchanging landscape of the Martian global desert could become tiresome for any Martian colonialist. Terraforming has been proposed but seems undoable for a long time to come. So what ...
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Is this Martian creature plausible?

I am thinking of writing a story about a Martian civilization. It might involve humans, but, I think it will be more interesting if there are creatures adapted to the Martian lifestyle as well. So, ...
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Would a fighter jet be able to go into orbit from Mars surface?

Says a F22 with full tank is trying to break through the thin layer of Martian atmosphere and almost moon like gravity(alright that's probably too exaggerated) anyway say there is a runway stretching ...
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Could we give Mars Earth-like gravity using dark energy? [closed]

In the far future, humans are struggling with the idea of whether or not to use dark energy's repulsive-gravity capabilities to surround Mars in a sphere of it (regardless of how, let's assume they ...
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Gravity of an ancient Mars

If Mars is thought to have once been like Earth several billion years ago, with an atmosphere, magnetic field, oceans, etc., then what would the planets true surface gravitational acceleration "m/s²" ...
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Could the first human/alien on Mars declare itself as the owner of Mars? And prevent others to land? [closed]

If a human, using his own spacecraft (built with private funding no government money) lands on Mars, could he declare to be his property and prevent future humans to land on Mars? Would we be ...
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How to set up an orbiting church on Mars?

Finally time has come to claim Mars. Numerous giant machinery are being assembled across the globe as phase one of transforming begins. Engineers, doctors and researchers etc are working round the ...
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How to get booze to Mars? [closed]

Hooray! Clickbait worked! Now for the question: Is it even possible to get alcohol to Mars colony under these circumstances? Situation: We have base on Mars. Mars missions are on level of "ISS ...
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Genetically modified foothill plants to terraform Mars

Which plant will be able to survive the condition on Mars? Does it even matter, isn't it just possible to genetically modify a plant so it can easily survive on Mars? What kind of genetically modified ...
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Could ants thrive on mars if they stayed underground? [closed]

Lets say humans would want to populate Mars with ants. Would it be possible for an ant colony to create a self sustaining ecosystem underground on Mars, by for example farming fungi, like some ants do?...
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What modifications to the human genome would need to occur to make Mars hospitable to humans?

In a futuristic setting hundreds of years into the future humankind has the ability to program the human genome to colonize other worlds. What changes would need to be made to the human genome to ...
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How would someone keep time on Mars?

I understand that a Sol is a Martian day, a little longer than a day on Earth (... 30 minutes I think?) and there are 24 months using the Darian calendar. So if people lived on Mars, what is a casual ...
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What would a 2 week vacation on Mars or the moon be like? What fun things could be done in the low gravity? [closed]

Assume that we are talking about some time in the future where we have moon bases & moon resorts along with Mars bases and Mars resorts. I know that extended time on either the moon or mars will ...
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Can Mars work as a wildlife sanctuary for animals?

Suppose humanity manages to terraform Mars: we give it a magnetic field, an atmosphere, then Mars gains oceans, lakes and rivers and we plant forests there. So now Mars looks like another Earth and ...
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Terraforming Mars, Hellas Planitia with comets at Mars L1

Using comets at Mars L1 point, allowing the tail to constantly add to the atmosphere in both volatiles and increased temperature from the infalling matter, as well as blocking the solar wind which ...
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What would Martian Life be like? [closed]

Basically what I'm asking is how would hypothetical life be able to survive on Mars? Would they need to be created from scratch in some effort to make life on seemingly uninhabitable worlds or ...
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How many people would it take to colonize Mars? [duplicate]

To ensure a self-sufficient colony, there would need to be enough people to ensure a diverse gene pool, a wide variety of technical experience, and enough bodies to work farms and such. How many ...
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Artificial magnetic field generator for Mars [duplicate]

Following the question asked here : Artificial volcanos on Mars to recover its atmosphere Would it be too hard to create an artificial magnetic field around Mars ? Place a coil on each of the ...
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How Earth can defend herself in a future war with Mars? [closed]

The future. Parts of the solar system are colonized by outposts, but only Mars became a major industrial and economic center. The Martian stock exchange is the largest in the system and the space ...
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Alternative word for Martian?

I'm imagining a colony on Mars, but am finding it distracting to refer to them as 'Martians'. Historically, what determined the names of colonies and colonists, and what would be a good alternative to ...
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What adaptions would humans obtain if they lived on Mars?

What adaptions would humans obtain if they lived on Mars? (eg. get taller/shorter because of gravity) In a universe where humans terraformed mars to have breathable air and house some plants, what ...
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Colours on Mars

I am making a short story about terra forming mars. What colour would the plants and sky be if that were to happen? And what colour would a setting sun have?
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Designing a Mars-Class Zeppelin

In my world, a scientist and engineer by the name of Guoliang Guan successfully uproots and moves a quarter of a million tons of habitat, industry, miscellaneous chemicals, storage containers, ...
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How would Martians speak English? [closed]

A team of 50 humans visit Mars via a flying saucer. They discover canals and a city teeming with Martians. The Martians speak English, but how?
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Making Mars more massive

One problem of Mars is that due to its low mass it cannot hold an atmosphere well. Therefore I now got the idea to start the terraforming process by increasing its mass to Earth mass, or at least ...
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What could result in a colonized Mars setting up a monarchy [closed]

In the future after a nuclear war has ravaged Earth, leaving the Martian colonies on their own and without support... Mars falls under the attacks of local militias, fragmenting. That is until some ...
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Can Mars colonies use the interior of mountains and hills rather than the surface?

I am writing a fiction about Mars, 300 yrs after colonization. Earth turns hyper-fundamental and cuts off all communication, so they've been on their own for the past two centuries. In constructing ...
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What would a martian bird look like? [closed]

Assuming that Mars held an atmosphere capable of supporting life (and always has), what would a martian bird look like when compared to it's earthen counterpart? The gravity difference remains the ...
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What would've happened to Mars if our Moon crashed into it?

Would scientists on the other side of blast survive in a bunker? I got an alien using telekinesis abilities to move Moon with the speed of " 1 hour till collide from the moment Moon left the orbit". ...
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Mars seed bombardment [closed]

How likely could we successfully manage to grow (germinate) plants on Mars if we developed a mechanism (special seed bombs) that would spread seeds on Mars? Assume the scenario is Mars as we currently ...
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How big/how many permanent magnets would it take to create a good Martian Magnetosphere

I was reading a question regarding building Mars's magnetosphere and one respondent proposed setting up a thousand or so permanent magnets equidistant all over the planet to build the magnetic field. ...
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What would be the likely cultural development of colonies after long periods of isolation from the motherland ?

2035 a human population on Mars of 500 (mostly workers i.e.: miners, biologists, medical staff, engineers, etc. Most of the colony is underground with above grou lead bunkers. They have an established ...
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Brick and Mortar in Space

If there's one thing that solid celestial bodies have, it's dust. Dust plus water is mud. Mud plus heat is brick (and recoverable water vapor). The heat can come from a reflective solar array. Easy, ...
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Could nuking the poles of exoplanets or planets in the solar system be an effective method of terraforming them? [duplicate]

To cause a nuclear winter (where the emissions of the nuke block out the atmosphere and create a long lasting period of winter) you need to set off only 100 nukes in quick succession. This made me ask ...
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Is it possible to move planets to get them nearer to Earth? [closed]

Could we move rocky planets such as Mercury, Venus, and Mars to be closer to Earth's orbit? I know it sounds like a silly question and it's impossible right now, but if there is a small possibility, ...