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A team of researchers have developed a plan for how humans could colonize Mars, the Moon or potentially any planet in the solar system.
In a new study, scientists from Switzerland's École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) designed a self-sustaining research base that could potentially support manned missions for several years at a time.
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The multi-step plan involves sending a robot to Mars to build the base, harnessing the red planet's natural resources and ultimately sending a crew to its surface that could live there for at least nine months.
Like others have theorized before, EPFL scientists believe humans are most likely to find success setting up a base at the North pole of Mars.
Experts - Billionaire - Elon - Musk - Mars
Many experts, including tech billionaire Elon Musk, have suggested that Mars' poles are suitable for sustaining human life because they contain vital natural resources.
'The poles may pose more challenges in the beginning, but they are the best location for the long term since they harbor natural resources that we may be able to use,' Anne-Marlene Ruede, lead author of the study, said in a statement.
Strategy - Technologies - Test - Scenario - Years
'We wanted to develop a strategy based on technologies that have been selected accordingly and outline a test scenario so that 20 years from now, astronauts will be able to carry out this kind of mission.'
Their plan envisions that the research base could one day support human colonies - something that would be developed over the next several generations.
NASA - Competition - Teams - Habitats - Planet
It follows a NASA competition calling for teams to submit 3D-printed habitats that they believe could be used to colonize the red planet in the coming decades.
The research base would consist of three different modules, according to scientists.
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The main fixture of the base would include a central core that's 12.5 meters high and five meters in diameter.
Scientists describe it as...
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