Martian Cities


This week we take a look at what our future Martian cities will look like once we are past the pilgrim stage and on to settlement. What will transport between cities be? What will the structures look like? How will we live off-planet once we know how to survive? Leave your comments and ideas anywhere with the #TMRO hashtag!

In Space News:

* IVX Launches atop Vega
* House Science Committee passes NASA Authorization Act
* Orbital ATK Merger

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  1. Paul on February 16, 2015 at 3:46 am

    Tesla Model X Mars Edition, complete with Solar powered super chargers, for one local transport option.

  2. John on February 17, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Have you ever seen the Steven Spielberg TV series Terra Nova?

    Some interesting ideas that might be relevant to a Mars settlement.

  3. DougSpace on February 19, 2015 at 4:55 am

    Large 3D printing will be fully mature by the time that the first Martian city is built. For 3D printers, the difference between our linear buildings and ancient cathedrals is just a choice of file. I’m betting that people would prefer to live in remarkable buildings rather than just functional structures. But at the same time, Earth will be printing new types of buildings that would be more like works of art. The society of Mars will be highly connected with the society of Earth due to our communications, entertainment, and cultural links. So, some people on Mars will also want to live in the new artistic structures. How does this all come together? Probably city planners will say, this part of our city will be Medieval themed, this part will be artistic, that part will be scifi, etc.

  4. DougSpace on February 19, 2015 at 5:15 am

    Having space plans that remain constant is only a good idea if the space plans are good. Consider. If Constellation had been held constant then we’d be spending billions on Ares 1. Where would that money have come from? Commercial Crew? How smart would that be?

  5. DougSpace on February 19, 2015 at 5:35 am

    Rep. Palazzo’s statement about the Moon places it in the context of preparing to send people to Mars. Sure. But that’s far less than what it could be for. With its frozen volatiles at its poles, the Moon is a legitimate long-term destination for settlement in its own right. Those volatiles can also form the basis for a reusable cis-lunar transportation infrastructure which would reduce the costs of accessing the Moon and Mars while also relieving NASA’s budget by shifting the cost of the infrastructure to the markets such as orbital servicing, boosting, and tourism.

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