Life on Mars: A scientist ranks 10 futuristic depictions of human colonies

From domed cities to aliens: What would life on the Red Planet actually look like?

colony on Mars, first martian city in desert landscape on the red planet (3d space illustration)

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Whether we’re exploring Mars or attempting to colonize it, futurists have some tantalizing visions of what our lives on the Red Planet could look like.

Imagine grandiose cities, flying vehicles, and plants growing from the otherwise barren ground.

Or is that all just an elaborate fantasy?