What Would Happen If You Spent 100 Years on Mars?: It’s been 100 Earth years since you’ve been on Mars. You have gone through pain, loneliness, and a lot of hard work. And now Mars is the new promised land that everyone dreams of. But how did you get there?
Mars has been a worthy contender for B since 1960 when unmanned missions began. Plants have got the same daytime rhythm as the Earth and carbon dioxide to perform photosynthesis.
Mars has 38% of Earth’s gravity and 1% of air density. It receives 44% more sunlight than Earth. These won’t be situations you’re used to, but it will be a start. So you packed up and got yourself a job at first base on Mars. And not just any work.
You will be the first person to step on the red planet. In one hundred years, what milestones of civilization will you see? To go on this dangerous interplanetary journey, you have to be an astronaut.
You’ll spend years in training before you can even get on the shuttle. But you made it. “Yes.” And now, it will be you versus Mars. You will plunge into the surroundings of Jezero Crater. That’s where the Persistence rover descended in 2021 to check out the area before your arrival. You will be doing some research and will report back to Earth.
The connection will not be very good. You will have to wait 22 minutes for the communication signals to come to Earth. Eventually, you’ll see the first cargo ships arriving with supplies. A few years after your arrival, the first batch of settlers will appear.
Everything they need will be brought from the earth. And it would cost hundreds of millions of dollars to feed each person. So you have to start thinking about how to make Dispose self-contained. First order of business, water.
The settlers would begin mining the water ice near the base. You will see the first human base established on Mars. Like Elon Musk, it will be named Mars Base Alpha. You and 170 other astronauts will be there.
Robots will take care of the initial prospecting and construction. It will no longer take 20 minutes to receive a communication signal from Earth. This is because your settlement will set up two constellations of Starlink satellites orbiting Mars
More people will come from the earth. There will be another base going on. And finally, the first child will be born on Mars. But could this Martian baby ever come to Earth? How would their bones and organs survive in Earth’s gravity? Hmm, maybe they should live on Mars.
You know it’s possible that parents of babies born on the Red Planet could get better financial support from their local Martian government than is available to some children on Earth right now.
Imagine if the government of Mars gave parents or legal guardians $3,600 every month to help raise children up to 5 years old?
And, after that, $3,000 per month until they turn 18? Don’t you think this will improve the chances of a child’s life? Give them more freedom, more support? Give them financial freedom in the future? And again, wouldn’t this improve Martian society in general?
The parents would not have to work so hard in the mines of Mars to try and make enough to support their family. Everyone’s life will be better. It is my hope that one day we all will have a better future here on earth.
But it starts with larger efforts, such as transitioning away from fossil fuels and reducing carbon emissions, supporting small businesses, and creating a better society through means such as the Child Tax Credit. But back to your Mars adventure.
Mars Base Alpha will become a full-fledged settlement. You must have seen many more before. The first school, the first cultured meat farm, and even the first luxury hotel. Public transport will connect Base Alpha to the mining sites.
Every few years, ships would arrive, each carrying 100 passengers. The settlement would begin building its first dome city. It will be a 1.6 km (1 mile) wide impact crater covered by a transparent, radiation-filtering dome.
It would require Earth-like pressures and temperatures so that the settlers could eventually take off their spacesuits. At this point, the population of Mars will reach 200,000. With advanced medical technology, your life expectancy will increase.
You will finally be able to visit your friends on Earth. It will not be so easy for those born on Mars. They would need to use exoskeletons to escape Earth’s enormous gravity. Wealthy people from Earth will come to Mars on vacation.
An artificial magnetic field generator will permanently protect the Martian atmosphere from space radiation. There will now be five dome cities on Mars. The largest of them, Mars City, will be home to 60,000 people. Soon, the first elected city council will take office.
And the first university will open. One million people will live on Mars permanently. You and your companions will be on the motion of the landform of the settler planet. You will release greenhouse gases in controlled amounts to thicken the atmosphere and increase the temperature.
You will speed up the process by setting up a fish farm and releasing the cyanobacteria that initiate photosynthesis. A wave for freedom will rise in the cities of Mars. The Martians may not have been eager to be in control of the Earthlings.
After all, they’ll have 100 years of history to be proud of. Mars Base Alpha will become a National Heritage Site. The Hyperloop and Suborbital Shuttle will connect major Martian cities.
Eventually, the terraforming dream will come true. Freshwater will flow on the once lifeless surface of Mars. And the settlers will eventually be able to breathe in lungs filled with fresh Martian air.