Join our guest, Shaun Moss, Sharlene Lopez and K. Leslie Graves, as we discuss settlement Mars. Shaun poses this: Mars is the best place for human settlement - but we should still go to the Moon first. He writes: Mars has more potential for humanity than any other astronomical body than we know of. Life could exist there. Mars is right on the edge of the so-called “goldilocks zone,” a zone that every star system has where water can exist in a liquid phase, and therefore life could exist. Mercury and Venus are much too hot. Planets farther out than Mars, the gas giants and their moons, and the asteroids, are too cold. On top of this, Mars offers numerous related advantages for human colonists. Mars has all the elements required for biological life and technological civilization. It has plenty of water, frozen as permafrost, glaciers and ice sheets. It has an abundance of all the CHNOPS elements, which are necessary for life. It has an abundance of silicon and metals for making things like tools, buildings, vehicles, computers and robots. Mars has multiple options for producing energy. Sustainable options include solar, wind and geothermal. It also has thorium, one of the best fuels for nuclear fission. You can also easily manufacture hydrogen or hydrocarbon fuels for use in rockets, rovers or generators, from Martian resources, as CO2 and H2O are easily accessed. Show Note: How does this tie into exploration and development of the moon. Tune in to our show. As we become increasingly SPACE SMART it is time to address the more complex issues.
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