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Do You Have What It Takes to Live on the Red Planet?

Richard Jones - Sunday Times
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October 2, 2017
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Watch Elon Musk reveal SpaceX's most detailed plans to colonize Mars (Tech Insider)

In 1971 a young man who went by the name of David Bowie wondered aloud on whether there was life on Mars. Could human life be supported by the Martian landscape?

More than 40 years later, a UK scientist is helping to put Bowie's planetary question to the test. Samuel Payler, a doctoral candidate at the UK Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh, was part of a crew of six Nasa-backed researchers who emerged earlier this year from a remote dome in Hawaii after spending eight months practising for life on Mars.

The conditions in the dome were designed to emulate a long period of time spent on the Red Planet.

On Friday SpaceX CEO Elon Musk gave a "major" update on his plans to colonise Mars at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia. His talk added to the one he gave at last year's IAC conference in Mexico, when he revealed the full architecture of his plans to send thousands of people to Mars.

Mankind is closer to exploring Mars than ever before, so it's time to ask: Do you have what it takes to be among the first humans to live on the fourth rock from the sun?

Read the rest at Sunday Times

Related: Space Exploration to Get a Boost with VR as Scientists Test Virtual Cockpits (IBTimes)


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