• Question: do you think that it is likely we will be able to live on mars in the future

    Asked by Adanna O to Miriam on 10 Nov 2018.
    • Photo: Miriam Hogg

      Miriam Hogg answered on 10 Nov 2018:

      Yes I think so, But I don’t think it will be for a few hundred years at least.

      There are lots of problems that we need to work out before we can live on another planet. Mars doesn’t have very fertile soil so we would struggle to grow food. It also doesn’t have oxygen so we would need to bring our own to breath and recycle it (using plants probably). Mars also doesn’t have a magnetic field (The Earth has one, it’s what protects us from the more deadly rays from the Sun) so we would need to protect ourselves from that somehow.

      Those are the main problems we need to solve but there are lots more, like how to take all the things we need there and building the base, making it self sufficient so they wouldn’t have to rely on Earth for supplies.

      I think if we try to colonise we will probably start with the moon as it’s closer and once we’ve solved all the problems we’ll try Mars!