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5 Urban Planning Ideas for How to Settle Mars

Colonization of the Red Planet is a hot topic of late. If someone were to try to take it from fantasy to reality, Earth's urban planners have a few tips that could help set future Martian cities up for success.

February 12, 2024 - Justin B. Hollander

Mars Rover

Mars Perseverance Rover and the Future Colonization of Mars

The 2020s is the decade of Mars. Last week NASA's Perseverance rover became the sixth American robot to land on the red planet, and the third visitor this month. Where are we going with Mars, who will get us there, and what is the ultimate goal?

March 2, 2021 - Pete Sullivan

Mars Panorama

How Do We Plan For Cities on Mars?

Planning for the first human occupied martian cities is taking its next big step with three 3D-printed test colonies planned to be erected in the Mojave Desert.

August 19, 2016 - Quartz

NASA Looking for Help Planning the Built Environment—On Mars

You've got big ideas about how to make life better for lots of people. But are your ideas big enough for a home on Mars?

May 8, 2015 - Network World

Mars Panorama

Friday Eye Candy: A Billion-Pixel Panorama of Mars

The Mars Curiosity Rover has sent us some pretty cool stuff since landing on the red planet in August of 2012. The latest souvenir of its trip is a billion-pixel panorama of the planet's surface.

June 21, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

The Challenges of Building A House on Mars

Because of the relative motions of Earth and Mars, the pioneering astronauts who touch down on the Red Planet will remain there for a year and a half. For this reason, NASA has already started experimenting with a habitat fit for life on Mars.

January 9, 2012 - Txchnologist

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