LAND FOR SALE ON MARS
Martian Habitat is the name of the future settlement that contains all Mars land claims sold on this website. It is located at: AREA E-15, QUADRANT JULIET 10 (LATITUDE: 30-31° West & LONGITUDE: 20-21° North) – LOT NUMBER 238.
The picture to the right is a slab of the northern hemisphere of Mars and shows where Martian Habitat approximately sits. Note the location of Pathfinder (the rover NASA sent to Mars in 1997) labelled in blue.
More information on Mars in general, including what makes it so relevant and appealing, is below.
- Mars has a surface area the size of all land on earth (excluding the oceans) combined or about 144 million square kilometres in all. (One square kilometre is about 250 acres).
- It has water ice at the north pole (and in its soil) with carbon dioxide ice at the south poleScientists believe it was once like earth with vegetation, a thicker atmosphere, a warmer climate and a large ocean in the northern hemisphere. However, it can possibly be brought back to this state through ‘global warming’ with the planting of plants and the artificial heating up of its atmosphere to melt the ice caps, form oceans, feed the soil, release carbon dioxide from it and grow more vegetation that will then absorb the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere (which is currently about 95% CO2) and make it oxygen-rich. This process is known as ‘terraforming’ and is used to describe the process for making any planet more earth-like.
- It has an atmosphere about 1% as thick as earth’s but which is still strong enough to satisfactorily protect us from the sun’s solar flares
- Virtually all the resources we need to live can be extracted from its atmosphere, soil and rocks
- Scientists believe there may be underground reservoirs of hot liquid water, possibly with some forms of primitive and/or microbial life in them
- It is about one and a half times as far away from the sun as earth is
- It takes about four to nine months to get there by rocket ship (depending on the route and technology used)
- It is sometimes the second brightest star in our night sky (after Venus)
- It is roughly tilted on the same angle as earth with the same four seasons but twice as long. However, its day is about the same length as earth’s.
- It has two tiny moons known as Phobos and Deimos.
Aside from the obvious technological advances, wealth and tourism possibilities that the red planet has to offer the benefits do not end there. On the last page of this site it was mentioned that colonising another planetary body provides a ‘backup’ of life if something disastrous occurs on a planetary scale. Colonising Mars will help us to hugely advance in the technology of living and travelling in space so from there we can move to even more celestial bodies and make mankind and other earthly life forms almost immortal.
In his book: The Case for Mars: The Plan to settle the Red Planet and why we must (1996 & 2011), Robert Zubrin described what he called Mars Direct, which is a revolutionary new way to get humans to Mars much more cost-effectively and even safely than previously conceived.
George Bush Senior signed off a plan to get to Mars in 1989 and this led to the production of the 90-Day Report by US Congress that detailed what would need to be done and how much it would cost. The report was released in 1990 and concluded that it would take $450 billion for a Mars mission, which scared US Congress away from the idea for some time. Zubrin developed Mars Direct, which had a new price tag of about $30 billion. It was around 15 times cheaper because it involved first sending unmanned spaceships to Mars that would land there, provide a vehicle to return to earth in and produce all the fuel needed for the return mission by mixing hydrogen brought over from earth with carbon dioxide in the Martian atmosphere (which is about 95% CO2) to produce methane. Once this was done humans would arrive on board a relatively small spaceship as there would be no need to carry the fuel for the return journey. To sum it up, Zubrin concluded that we should travel light and live off the land – in much the same way as the British colonists did when traversing across the North Atlantic to settle North America.
YOUTUBE VIDEOS ON MARS
Below are some incredible YouTube videos about exploring the red planet and establishing a continuous human presence there. The first two are from the BBC documentary, Space Odyssey – Voyage to the Planets(2004); the first about landing on Mars and the second about exploring it and conducting some fun experiments! The third video is about colonising and terraforming it to make it more like earth, as discussed above. Just do your own homework before taking the comments on these videos as gospel.
Some may still think Mars is just too difficult, too far away, too expensive and too dangerous to focus on. However, we have done something similar in the past as mentioned immediately above. In the last 500 years, Columbus and many others sailed to North America from Europe, taking on the vast North Atlantic Ocean with boats that were primarily designed for the Mediterranean Sea. Bear in mind that this is when it took months to sail across the North Atlantic. Soon whole British fleets arrived at the ‘New World’ (as they called North America back then) to take the plunge and colonise the land, founding America in the process. This, in turn, pushed them to work hard and create a lot of technological breakthroughs, sometimes referred to as Yankee ingenuity. There was so much of growth and potential that many more Europeans followed for their own share of the success and riches. The Spanish came over but had to settle for what is now Mexico. The French arrived on the scene but had to settle for what is now Canada. Eventually, we had coal-fired ships, such as Titanic, that were able to sail across the North Atlantic in just days – not months – and now we have airplanes that get us there in mere hours. Who would have thought we would achieve what we have now when the New World was first discovered? The same can happen for Mars and not only can we ensure we still exist to celebrate the year 3,000 AD but with a great sense of achievement as well!