posted on Jun, 18 2004 @ 03:45 PM
Whilst out grazing, I came across this site: www.marshome.org...
The mission of the Mars Homestead Project is to design and build the first permanent settlement on Mars.
The initial goal for the Mars Homestead Project is to identify the core technologies needed for an economical, growing Mars Base built primarily with
local materials. Later phases would involve increasing levels of prototyping, either selecting existing equipment which could be used on Mars, or
building prototypes of new equipment leading up to an entire simulated Mars Base. "
It'll be interesting to see what comes of this - even if it's ends up as no more than an academic exercise.
You can see the motivation - I wonder if there is any real
alternative to using locally sourced materials, dragging a pile of stuff across 7
months of space doesn't seem overly practical
I guess you could amass it in earth orbit first tho').
Mars vernacular - now there's a thought.