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Old August 12 2013, 08:30 AM   #2
scotthm
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Re: Self-sustaining Mars colony?

Storyteller wrote: View Post
What do you think it would take to make a self-sustaining Mars colony?
The first thing it would take is sufficient reason to create such a colony.

Once that epiphany hits enough of the right people, it will take a fundamental change in human nature to successfully follow through with the decades (or centuries) of work needed. I'm thinking it would take a city of several thousands on Mars before it could be considered "self-sufficient".

I don't personally foresee that ever happening. After all, there are many sparsely inhabited regions right here on Earth we don't feel compelled to live in, and so I don't really expect condition #1 to be met.

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