With everyone from Elon Musk to the good folks at NASA talking about the creation of a Mars colony, finding some way to make the Red Planet habitable has become a top priority.
Mars will, to return to Elton John’s “Rocket Man”, remain far too cold to raise a kid.
They suggest that an insulating material, referred to as a silica aerogel, could be used to make growing plants on Mars feasible, thereby helping sustain life.
R. Wordsworth/Harvard “We propose to use thin layers of silica aerogel to heat the surface of Mars to the melting point of liquid water, in order to create habitable conditions there,” Robin Wordsworth, Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School Of Engineering And Applied Sciences, told Digital Trends.
After that, they used a computer model incorporating observed Mars climate data to simulate the evolution of a silica aerogel habitable zone on the surface over several Mars years.
When we build habitats on Mars, we need to be careful not to interfere with this life in any way if it does exist.”
NASA Other future challenges include ensuring that there are enough nutrients on the surface of Mars and controlling for any potential toxins.