Growing a Colony from an Outpost - The Colonization of Mars in the Twenty-Second Century

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R.J. Halyard (2009), JBIS, 62, 306-315

Refcode: 2009.62.306
Keywords: Mars, colonization, self-sustaining, self-replicating, ecological

Abstract:
Near the end of the Twenty-first Century there may be one or more permanent outposts on Mars; these outposts will recycle their water and atmosphere and remain permanently staffed. The Earth will provide crew rotation plus food supplies and replacement equipment approximately every one and one-half years. Assuming that the permanent outposts are located near deposits of frozen water and necessary minerals, the potential exists of expanding these outposts to a small, self-sufficient colony. Additional equipment, structures and personnel plus changes in operations will be required to make the expansion to a colony possible. Because many variables and assumptions exist in the determination of the additional hardware, the resulting proposed colony design is very tentative and provides only as an initial estimate of the effort required. However if the assumptions are met and the equipment indicated developed, it should definitely be possible to establish a Mars colony in the early Twenty-second Century.

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