Watch: What Would It Really Be Like to Live on Mars?

Monday, 18 May 2015 - 5:07PM
Monday, 18 May 2015 - 5:07PM
Watch: What Would It Really Be Like to Live on Mars?
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What would it really be like to live on Mars? Although it seems like a pipe dream, NASA recently stated that they're confident humans will get to Mars by the 2030s, so the reality may not be all that far away. According to this new video, there would be fun parts and not-so-fun parts (although you probably wouldn't care so much about the cons if you actually got the opportunity to live on Mars).

You would have superpowers

This is a relatively pleasant way to get superpowers compared to undergoing a painful military serum or radioactive spider bite (although it's not without its drawbacks, which we'll get to in a minute). Since the gravity on Mars is only 38% as strong as the gravity on Earth, you'd be much lighter and more buoyant, and would be able to jump as high as a kangaroo. But, on the other hand...

You might experience permanent damage to your vision

Researchers have hypothesized several frightening physiological effects of extended spaceflight, including possible mild brain damage, but this video focuses on a recent study that found evidence of damage to astronauts' vision on spaceflights lasting longer than six months, where a Mars mission would take five to ten months. But living on Mars would be so amazing, you have to expect some drawbacks, including-  

Living underground

Since Mars barely has an atmosphere, the environment is fairly lethal to humans. There are deadly levels of ultraviolet radiation, as well as dangerous dust storms and inhospitably cold temperatures. While plans have been proposed for human-made Mars habitats, the most feasible option would likely be living underground. 

Communication with Earth is prohibitively difficult

If you get homesick, calling home is not really an option. Radio signals are delayed four to twenty-four minutes, which makes it difficult to have an efficient conversation with Mars probes, let alone a meaningful conversation with a human being.

You live on Tatooine

Now, after all those depressing facts, here's the fun part. You would get to see two moons every night of your life, as if you live on Star Wars's Tatooine, or any other real-life binary star system for that matter. The small moons Phobos and Deimos are perpetually circling Mars, with the former completing a cycle every three hours and the latter taking a whopping 30 hours to finish an orbit.