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Having sex and reproducing in space comes with serious scientific and ethical problems. We may need to create a new species of human to make it work.

NASA and other space agencies — as well as individuals like Elon Musk — are actively trying to work towards settlements on Mars. But for a long term colony on Mars to be sustainable, we'll need to be able to have babies there. And that's complicated.
The Mars Lunar Greenhouse is designed to supply 100% of the air and 50% of the food an astronaut needs for 2 years.

To survive on Mars, we need a ‘technology that replaces what the Earth does.’ This tube might be NASA’s best hope.

NASA wants to visit Mars, and Elon Musk and SpaceX want to colonize it, but traditional life support systems will quickly run out of food, water, air, and other supplies. Plants and bacteria can recycle astronaut waste while growing them food to eat, an approach called bioregenerative life support.

What it’s like to pretend to live on Mars for 8 months

NASA is studying how humans handle long-term isolation to be better prepared for possible future missions to Mars. Here's what it's like.
A cross-section of a thick sheet of underground ice is exposed at the steep slope that appears bright blue in this enhanced-color view of Mars from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in this image released on January 11, 2018.

Scientists found accessible ice sheets on Mars, and it could be a ‘game-changer’ for colonizing the planet

Using images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, scientists found eight sites where the ice is exposed — meaning there could be accessible drinking water.
The last photo of "Starman" in Elon Musk's red Tesla Roadster as it flies toward Mars orbit. Earth is the bright crescent seen in the background.

Elon Musk explains why he launched a car toward Mars — and the reasons are much bigger than his ego

SpaceX's founder, Elon Musk, said he launched his Tesla Roadster toward Mars because "life cannot just be about solving one sad problem after another."
An illustration of SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket helping to colonize Mars.

Mars colonists will get blasted with radiation levels 8 times higher than government limits — here’s what they’re up against

High-energy space radiation will threaten the Mars colonies that Elon Musk hopes to establish with SpaceX, as well as astronaut outposts planned by NASA.
Elon Musk wants to colonize Mars with SpaceX.

Elon Musk has published a new study about his ambitious plans to colonize Mars with SpaceX

SpaceX founder Elon Musk published a study in the journal New Space that details his plans to boot up a Mars colony and start backing up the human race.
A scene from the movie "The Martian," which is based on a fictional yet realistic outpost on planet Mars.

A former NASA scientist says ‘The Martian’ movie ‘is completely doable.’ But Elon Musk’s city on Mars is another story.

The scenario in "The Martian" sci-fi book and movie "is completely doable," according to a former NASA scientist. But building a self-sustaining city on the red planet, as Elon Musk wants to do, is a far greater challenge than a stay of a year or two.