Nat Geo Mars Series Explores Building A Long-Term Home On Mars

Posted: Nov 28 2016, 12:33pm CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Nat Geo Mars Series Explores the Challenge of Building a Long-Term Home on Mars
The National Geographic series "Mars" tells the story of the first crew of humans to visit the Red Planet, set in 2033. Credit: National Geographic Channels/Robert Viglasky via Space.com
  • Nat Geo Mars Documentary looks into the Human Colonization of the Red Planet

A Nat Geo Mars documentary looks deep into the human colonization of the Red Planet.

The third episode in the Nat Geo series called Mars will come on television tonight. The long term goal of making residences on the Red Planet will be explored in the series. It is a series with half a dozen episodes.

Partly, science fact and science fiction, this series is scripted to boot. The first human crew that is all set to go to Mars will probably be flying off in 2033.

The goal is a domed home on Mars. However as they say, location is everything. The area will have to be secluded from space radiation. Also it has to be near ice stores so that they can be melted to provided water to the first humans who will reach Mars.

The planet earth is such that its atmosphere and magnetic field both protect human beings from so many harmful factors. The radiation levels are not only high on Mars but are pretty high aboard the ISS too.

Creating an artificial radiation shield is the crux of the matter. It is a difficult task. Even the thick walls of the ISS are not enough to protect the astronauts completely from the incoming radiation.

The designing of radiation shields on earth and their transportation to the Red Planet is a monumentally difficult job if ever there was one. Lava tubes have been given a thought or two.

Hollow areas where lava flowed once upon a time are present on Mars. The biggest of these is 3000 feet in width. It would be ideal indeed. The beginning of a human colony on Mars is what episode 3 of this series is all about.

Before human beings land on Mars, robotic missions will have to go there. Step by step by trial and error humanity will get closer and closer to founding a home on Mars. It is all just a matter of time.

The ExoMars mission which is a joint collaboration between the ESA and Roscosmos, has been a mixed blessing. It was a success but the landing apparatus isn’t performing as per our expectations.

Plenty of challenges and obstacles need to be overcome before we can send a man on Mars like we have already sent a man on the Moon. The mission will take all humanity has in its technological arsenal.

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