Mars. It’s known as the red planet. For decades, especially in science fiction, it has been the target for the first permanent off-Earth human colonization effort. There are multiple theories of how we could terraform Mars to make it habitable by humans. Some are more relevant than others.
The biggest problem is that with current technology, the idea really isn’t viable.
However, it’s likely the future of humanity. NASA has launched several missions to the planet for further study. The most recent, called InSight, just landed. Let’s take a deeper look into the project and what others are doing and why.
It took nearly seven months for InSight to make the 300 million mile journey. InSight will explore the Mars’ countryside for the next two years.
This is the first Mars landing since Curiosity touched down in 2012, so it’s a pretty big deal. After all, it’s only the eighth time in history that NASA has successfully touched down on the red planet.
Its purpose is to study the interior of the planet. NASA was quoted as saying, “…will teach us valuable science as we prepare to send astronauts to the Moon and later to Mars.” So clearly they have every intention of putting boots on the ground at some point. But how long? And will it be too late?
We’re Killing Our Planet
In a recent government report, things aren’t looking good for us.
The impact of global warming is starting to take a toll. The report warns that if we do not get our act together and start cooling the planet, the consequences will be devastating. The report even went so far as to give us a timeline. We have until 2030. Just 11 years to make serious changes and reduce global warming.
The fact is, we are to blame. Overpopulation, deforestation, and the burning of fossil fuels along with general disregard for the environment have all lead to this outcome.
In the next hundred years, we’re looking at catastrophic financial damage, totaling hundreds of billions of dollars. Coastal cities will see flooding, the heat in The South will make it nearly impossible for crops to grow and in some areas, the production will drop to next to nothing. The report goes on to talk about the health risks for humans. Disease will be on the rise as will allergies and asthma.
The situation is dire. But the report goes on to say that we can make changes now. If permanent, we can continue to live on the planet. But we have to significantly reduce the creation of greenhouse gasses and burning of fossil fuels.
Colonization Could be the Answer
Elon Musk said this week that there is a 70% chance that he will permanently move to Mars at some point in his life.
Stephen Hawking was famous for a lot of things. No one can question his brilliant mind. His predictions included global warming being the cause of the ruination of this planet and that if humanity was going to survive, it would have to move on from Earth at some point.
The Digital Worm is on board. While we won’t be joining the colonization effort, we do firmly believe that we will see the first permanent off-Earth settlement in our lifetime. It might not be on Mars, but the slow exodus of our home world will be beginning soon rather than later.
As a group of sci-fi nerds, we have our own theories on how this effort will be the most successful.
We think we essentially need to bunny hop all over the solar system. This includes permanent space stations as well as colonization of our own moon. Right now, space travel is a big deal. It takes years to develop and plan a trip. The key to human survival is to be able to help other colonies in emergency situations without taking a long time to get there.
Having a supply chain that has constant moving parts will give humans the best chance to survive on other worlds until we can terraform or find a planet that is similar to Earth.