There’s no any how-to tutorial you cannot find on Google or YouTube. Almost, first time I must say, though. Why so? Just try typing in your browser “how to colonize Mars or another planet.”
For sure the web will deliver some sort of result, but nothing trustworthy or already tested, considering that the only experiment similar to that is the International Space Station, located at an average height of 400 kilometers above the surface of our planet, and which still does not represent exactly a settlement.
Even then, there’s a humanity neediness of conquering other planets or satellites, whether setting a base on the moon, Mars, or a free nomad one like the ISS at the space heart —And thanks God our NASA professionals do not need tutorials for doing so!
Matter of Time
Indeed, for more outlandish it may sound, if we do not make our planet uninhabitable sooner —something that is not discarded seeing what is happening with climate change, to give an example— in a billion years the Earth will be a hostile place for life, just as we know it.
The increase in brightness of the Sun will cause the oceans to evaporate. The habitable zone will move beyond the orbit of our planet, and Mars will be in the right area to accommodate life.
Nevertheless, moving to another planet is not as easy as planning a Eurotrip, and the idea of the experts on how to colonize Mars involves two random, current technological advances you probably will stop underestimating after knowing it: 3D Printers + Robots!
Robots, Pack Up Your 3D Printers and Get Ready to Colonize Mars!
So that’s the eye-catching proposal of the pioneering professor in engineering at the University of Southern California, Behrokh Khoshnevis, who has been working with NASA on the possibility of building a colony on Mars since 2011.
Before someone starts complaining about robots because now they will say they are not only stealing their jobs but the housing planet of the future, please have in mind that they are in fact sacrificing for us.
Actually, in space the environments are so hostile to humans that robotics will have to play a significant role in preparing those places for the future of humanity —Controlled by people from Earth as if it were a live video game developing on the red planet! But it will take around 8 minutes for the cursor to move, ha!
Concerning the 3D Printers role, the main idea is to 3D-print structures using materials on the moon, and later on Mars, so that the experiment does not mean to exhaust Earth sources once more. Thus the suggestion is a 3D-printing process that makes use of powder-like materials found on Mars and works in zero-gravity conditions.
So Close, But Still So Far…
Without any spirit of being a party pooper, it’s not a secret for no one that throwing large, heavy objects like a 3D Printer into space is a costly and complicated task. So the biggest barriers for the project are about getting the technology to Mars.
Nonetheless, once robots work on building basic infrastructures such as landing pads, roads, radiation protection walls, and hangars, human habitats can follow next. Have you ever checked a cool tutorial on how to colonize Mars like this one? Well, that’s how you go like a pro about settling on another planet!