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How can I take advantage of Mars' qualities to make a colony?

Asked by Moldychesee (169 points ) June 18th, 2012

For my final project in science, we have to make a fake colony on another planet, and I chose Mars. What are some qualities of the red planet that I can take advantage of for this project? I know my best bet would be to just do the research myself, but I’m running out of time and I have been researching like mad.

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XOIIO's avatar

High iron content, you could use it for processing and making tools.

ragingloli's avatar

ice caps. melt them to thicken the atmosphere to start global warming.

lifeflame's avatar

If you have been “researching like mad” then then you may have come across this already.
http://www.redcolony.com/features.php?name=whycolonizemars

gorillapaws's avatar

Mars has less than half the escape velocity of Earth, which means it’s a great place to launch spacecraft. Also because of the reduced gravity on Mars, construction is easier and requires less energy.

talljasperman's avatar

Lack of oxygen could lead to a different form of governmental control… Either free air welfare laws or a cruel dictatorship where the punishment is to be sent outside.

wundayatta's avatar

Put a transparent roof over a canyon so you can raise the air pressure and warm things up, melt some water and create an area where you might be able to live without wearing a suit.

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