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Martian Colony Overview
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Mars is the closest planet to Earth and has relatively similiar characteristics. It also has many on site resources that can be utilized including an atmosphere , minerals, and solar energy. See the wikipedia page on Mars for basic physical characteristics:  The basic concerns for creating a Martian colony are very similiar to that of colonizing any other body. Aspects of a colony would need to include the following.
For general information on Mars:
The fewer goods that need to be imported, the more economic an extraterrestrial colony becomes. The ISRU Processes category can be used to find articles about these specic processes
Raw Material Obtaining/Processing
Mars has a completely different mineralogical makeup than earth. Processes for obtaining materials need to be completely redesigned to be efficient using Martian materials and when working conditions are confined to the harsh Martian environment. Look in the category raw materials for articles with the property "present on Mars=true" to find relevent materials.
- Synthetic biology via moontank experimentation here on earth. Using mutated cyanobacteria, materials can be obtained.
- Machine manufacturing - list of types of manufacturing processes
- 1980 Freitas star probe, as mentioned in Freitas' KSRM.
Research needs to be done to determine which plants are good candidates for Mars, how they can be bread or genetically engineered to our advantage, and how ISRU Greenhouses can be built.
- artificial meat
- orbital algae farms (perhaps to jumpstart an ecology, not necessarily for direct human consumption)
Humans need a variety of elements. Research needs to be done to see where these resources can be optimaly obtained and recycled. This can be done through in vitro meat, studying the nutritional requirements of premature babies via pubmed (especially pubmedcentral), and human input requirements.
Human Physiological Needs
At 1/3 earth gravity, a lot more exercise is needed. Super extreme sports, perhaps? Other conditions such as the absence of gases that are in small amounts here on earth such as argon need to be evaluated and reconciled.
Internal Gas Regulation
Research needs to determine what native resources can best prevent gas escape. Natural and automated cycles for gas regulation need to be evaluated.
Microbes can help reclaim a lot of the organic materials we use. All inorganic materials should also try to be reclaimed.
Without a magnetic field or thick atmosphere, many dangerous particles get to the surface. Building underground and utilizing novel materials to block radiation can help.
Though Mars recieves considerably less solar energy than earth, it is still one of the options for power production. Nuclear is often considered as well.
- Solar Power Satellites: a primer by Seth Potter
- Solar Power Satellite wiki
- Charles F. Radley is an avid politician working towards SPS
- He can be seen posting to the artemis mailing list, among others.
Basic Structural Layout
Which buildings are underground? Which above? Exactly what buildings needed to be built at what specifications?
Getting There and Back Again, on a Regular Basis
Eventualy having regular, cheap, exchange of people and goods would be beneficial to both Earth and Mars.
Terraformation is the process of making Mars earth like through large scale alterations to the atmosphere and other conditions. Common ideas include mirrors to warm the atmosphere, production of greenhouse gases, and the importaion of large bodies such as comets