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Evan Sonderman, Connie Sircar, Dylan Davis
Transcript of Evan Sonderman, Connie Sircar, Dylan Davis
By: Evan Sonderman, Connie Sircar, Dylan Davis
Inquiry Research Project
How feasible is human settlement on other planets?
is human settlement on other planets?
The Broad Terms:
Capable of being done, possible
A settling or being settled, colony
Setting the Context
How Feasible is it?
People throughout history have dreamed of life on other planets.
Ancient astronomers have studied the sky and the stars for centuries wondering what is beyond our planet
Mankind has since evolved technologically making space travel possible
This has peaked modern scientists' curiosity of humans living on other planets
Is It Feasible?
Human settlement has been proven to be a very feasible, technology-wise.
Modern research in science and technology have improved the prospect of settlement on space further.
Scientists from around the world have also proposed other plans for human settlement, some even more simplistic and achievable than Mars One.
The Potočnik Station
The station that Potočnik proposed uses the uncomplicated scientific systems that were availability in the 20's to create settlement in space.
Since the idea was come up with in the 1920's, much of the technology needed for it has been invented in modern laboratories, making it very possible.
Is It Feasible?
One of the major obstacles to human settlement on space is the cost.
It is difficult to raise money for space travel ever since President Obama reduced funds to NASA for his new budget plan.
The majority of the cost is associated with procedures that have already proven successful in the past, such as launching and landing, which will make it easier to raise funds.
Is It Feasible?
The lack of capital is going to make the settlement of humans on other planets or in space very challenging.
Another issue for human settlement on other planets is finding candidates for the missions.
Finding suitable candidates for space travel and space settlement is a significant interference.
"Mars One" Website
Is It Feasible?
Since settlement would be permanent, there would be no return trip, saving needed technology and reducing risk/cost.
Without needing a return trip, human settlement becomes much easier and feasible.
"Mars One." Mars One. Web. 22 Apr. 2015. <http://www.mars-one.com>.
"Space and NASA News – Universe and Deep Space Information | Space.com." Space.com. Purch. Web. 22 Apr. 2015. <http://www.space.com>.
"Noordung, Herman (1892–1929)." Noordung, Herman (1892-1929). The Worlds of David Darling. Web. 22 Apr. 2015. <http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/N/Noordung.html>.
"Absence of a return mission reduces the mission infrastructure radically. No return vehicle, return propellant or the systems to produce the propellant locally are required"
The lack of any need for return supplies, the cost for such a lofty mission is virtually cut in half
Drawing Conclusions/Future Implications
While there are many obstacles in the path of expanding mankind's horizons,
human settlement on other planets is completely feasible
company has already received hundreds of thousands of applicants who wish to populate Mars. Each applicant is required to pay a fee that helps fund the company and their missions. The project aims to launch their first mission in 2026 and send subsequent missions every 26 months. Mankind's limitations are simply over the horizon waiting to arise.
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Dutch company planning a permanent colony of mars by 2026
uses existing technology
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there are ice caps on Mars
the soil is made of Iron Oxide
An Austro-Hungarian engineer
proposed a cylindrical human habitat
would be simplistic and easy to develop
Astronaut candidates must
meet physical requirements
be diverse in background
be willing to live in space or another planet for the rest of their lives