Today we are living in a Sci-fi lover’s dream come true. We have current exploration ongoing on Mars and trips to the moon via private companies. Mars has always been a point of interest for humans due to its chemical make-up and distance from Earth. It is nicknamed the Red Planet because of the iron oxide chemicals. The biggest difference between Earth and Mars would be the absence of water and the fact that Mars is half the size of Earth.
The fact that Mars has no water on its surface raises a concern regarding future colonization. How will early settlers get water, and what will the dusty atmosphere do to their health? If we think about water and its role in creating vegetation, it becomes a vehicle of sustainability. For example, take the Mojave desert and its lack of vegetation. After being stationed there for three years with my husband, I came back with chronic sinus problems.
A lot of the people stationed there had sinus problems. Our second daughter, who was born there, developed skin issues. I recall a nurse once stating that it was common for children born in that region, but I have not been able to find any research to back it up. I can tell you that before living in the desert, I had never suffered a sinus problem. So, this makes me wonder about the health risk associated with living in a dusty atmosphere.
Another drawback of living in a desert environment was the cases of depression. Depressions were very frequent in the Mojave due to the lack of color. The majority of the colors were brown and gloomy. Our base had your run-of-the-mill landscaping, but outside of base was nothing but a desert wasteland.
If any colony hopes to exist on Mars, it will have to create a green oasis out of the desert environment. As of today, there are plans for colonization, but they will not come into play until Mars has been properly examined for human existence or Martian existence. This means the probes will have to check for weather, physical dangers, psychological dangers, settlement obstacles, and vegetation readiness. After all of these things get the green light, then comes the obstacle of currency.
Trade will more than likely the way to go in the beginning because many of these trips will be one way only. This is how crypto currency presents an open door towards financing. Take a coin like Dogecoin which has the ability to be used worldwide and has the ability to be recreated at a larger rate. Just as it can be utilized from country to country, it could also be used from planet to planet. As long as Dogecoin remains affordable, not like Bitcoin, it can create the backing of a new foundation.
So, this is a science geek’s dream come true. I think back to my very first science project which was the solar system. I can still remember the excitement of creating the planets and explaining the difference between Saturn and Jupiter. Needless to say, when shows like Star Trek came on TV, I was right in front, taking in every little detail. We are slowly getting to see how things will start. I am posting some websites with information about Mars colonization below. The Expanse will be real in a couple of decades.