NASA Announces Journey to Mars Challenge, Seeks Public Input on Establishing Sustained Human Presence on Red Planet
NASA is embarking on an ambitious journey to Mars and Tuesday announced a challenge inviting the public to write down their ideas, in detail, for developing the elements of space pioneering necessary to establish a continuous human presence on the Red Planet. This could include shelter, food, water, breathable air, communication, exercise, social interactions and medicine, but participants are encouraged to consider innovative and creative elements beyond these examples.
Participants are asked to describe one or more Mars surface systems or capabilities and operations that are needed to achieve this goal and, to the greatest extent possible, are technically achievable, economically sustainable, and minimize reliance on support from Earth. NASA expects to make up to three awards at a minimum of $5,000 each from a total award pool of $15,000.
And then they send you to some Innocentive scam site.
I have already solved this problem. Trivially.
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There is more.
But quite honestly you would have to be a complete idiot to want to tackle the problems of living sustainably on the surface of Mars when there are much easier and more accessible near term destinations like free space, the moon, the moon of Mars and the planet Ceres. Mars is right off the bat going to need long, rolled up, inflatable, pressurized cylinders, with 1/4 circumference transparency for light, and a massive amount of solar panels, batteries and infrastructure. And just moving around in the heavy gravity of Mars in a bulky spacesuit is going to be a real hassle.
On the other hand, the massive amount of stackable polyethylene and polypropylene plant growing equipment you will need just to survive – will make excellent radiation protection.
Clandestine California growing operations are decades and light years ahead of NASA. This is an entire industry that I personally invented and developed way back in the seventies. Old news.
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