Life on Mars
With Perseverance on Mars' surface, we have the opportunity to learn more about the Red Planet than ever before.
And there are plans to bring human life to the Red Planet in the near future.
Perseverance is our best chance to find evidence of life on Mars because of its landing site (marked here with a green dot) and equipment. The rover is tasked with finding signs of ancient life.
“Perseverance is just getting started, and already has provided some of the most iconic visuals in space exploration history."
— Acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk.
Musk has said the first settlers on Mars could live in domed cities.
He's also warned that the first batch of Martian colonists would probably die in the process of establishing it.
Plans by the start-up Air Company to make rocket fuel from carbon dioxide could make it easier to manufacture fuel on Mars.
NASA/Case for Mars
NASA once shared more modest concepts for a Martian base, created by the non-profit organization Case for Mars.
But for now, Mars remains as uninhabitable as it was when the Viking lander sent its first images from the planet's surface.
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