Life on Mars: Stunning design shows what life on the Red Planet could really look like
Students from Wrocław have come up with an idea of how life on Mars could look if people lived on their stunning Martian base.
The Wrocław University of Science and Technology students designed the Mars base for 1000 people, complete with transport, factories, field, hotels, restaurants and cafes for a Mars Society competition.
The habitat called Twardowsky is named after the folk character who made a deal and then cheated the devil, only to live on the Moon.
Its designers looked at the challenge of colonizing Mars from numerous perspectives, taking into account the conditions on the Red Planet, availability of resources, the need to be self-sustainable, but also the ability to conduct business with Earth, as well as the social and psychological needs of the people living there.
A collaboration of the Space is More initiative, Project Scorpio (specializing in Mars rovers), the Microsystem Oriented Society students’ club and LabDigiFab initiative (algorithm modeling). to get an even better feel of the challenges ahead of the first Mars colonizers, the entire team spent the last days of work on the project in the Lunares station – an analogue habitat located on an old airfield near Piła.
Chemistry student and one of the brains behind the design, Natalia Ćwilichowska, said: “We were divided into several teams, each of which dealt with a different issue: architecture and urban planning of the colony, radiation protection, life support system in the base, organization of production of goods or the issue of location, which is extremely important, because you need to take into account the number of sunny days in the place planned for the colony or even the frequency of sandstorms there.”
To avoid the harsh Mars condition, the habitat would be located in the Jezero crater, the planned landing ground for NASA’s new rover, which will reach the planet in 2020. The Martian city will be fully autonomous. The creators thought of factories and refineries that work with elements found on Mars, envisioned space for crops and other plants, and even came up with possible export luxury goods – vodka produced on the Red Planet.
Oxygen in the colony is to be produced not only by plants, but also devices called "Moxie" - currently being in its prototype phase. NASA is working on the equipment and intends to test them during the MARS 2020 mission.
"Moxie is to perform carbon dioxide electrolysis. It's a small cube with a side of 30 cm, but it weighs 15 kg. In "Twardowsky" we would have several hundred of them, thanks to which the colony could freely develop its industrial part, which will absorb a mass of oxygen for example in metallurgical processes," explained Natalia.
Consultations with a sociologist made the creators consider other human needs than just the basics. The station includes a large open space with several levels of terraces to avoid claustrophobia, dividing the colonizers into smaller groups so that they don’t feel anonymous and insignificant, and even a dating app.
The Mars Society will announce the finalists of the competition in May, while the finals are planned for September.
If the Wrocław team get through to the first round they will have the chance to travel to the US and compete for the main prize of 10,000 dollars.