The Red Planet, Image Credit; NASA
Would you like to live on Mars? This is a question that we here at the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium ask on a daily basis. There never is a solid yes or no answer from any of the groups we ask, whether they be young or old. We usually get a few mutterings of yes and a few mutterings of no and sometimes we’re even told that it’s something they’ve never even thought about.
Living on Mars is something we should all think about, at least once in our lives. Sometimes it is nice to think about escaping the shackles of Earth and transporting ourselves to our red neighbouring planet. When we imagine this however, we’re usually there and back again in no time. We never consider it as a potential home.
We humans are pretty used to the notion of colonisation. We’ve been doing it for a long time. There are a couple of definitions of the term. We know it as the action or process of settling among and establishing control over the indigenous people of an area, or the action of appropriating a place or domain for ...