Mars mission: Stephen Hawking reveals a way to colonize Red Planet
One of the ultimate goals many hope to seek in a future Mars mission is to be able to colonize the Red Planet. The late Stephen Hawking revealed that there is a way for humans to be able to settle down on the Martian landscape.
In the documentary “Into the Universe,” Professor Hawking had already planned out how humans can be able to colonize Mars over 10 years ago. The late scientist explained that it is possible to change the conditions on Mars to make it habitable for humans, making use of spaceborne mirrors to supply power and warmth. Giant glass domes could house humans to block out the cosmic radiation while enriching the Martian atmosphere. Professor Hawking added that Mars may have its own culture developed in 500 years.
“500 years from now, which is a short time, I think Mars will have its own language, its own currency, its own cuisine -- although I bet you will still be able to get a burger somewhere. It is clear that as the universe begins to age, even advances like these will not be enough to guarantee humanity’s existence for a very long time.”
Despite having outlined a way for humans to colonize Mars, Professor Hawking also warned that humans may not be able to live on Mars for a very long time. This is because of a mysterious form of energy that would pull the entirety of space apart one day. The energy in question, referred to as dark energy, is responsible for the increasing rate of expansion occurring in the universe over time. Professor Hawking noted that the fate of the universe would rely on how this dark energy would behave.
Even further back from Professor Hawking’s plan, the Soviet Union had also laid out their plans to colonize Mars around the time NASA made history in ending the Space Race with the moon landing. In the “Secret Failed Soviet Moon Landing” series by DarkDocs on Youtube, the USSR was still determined to outdo the United States in space exploration. When it was certain that the Apollo 11 mission would succeed, they turned their attention to Mars.
The Soviets then sought to be able to explore the neighboring planets, especially Mars, with its MPK or Martian Piloted Complex mission. However, the mission was ultimately unsuccessful as the ambitious proposal resulted in the deaths of 11 men and 14 dogs during testing.