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Humans could colonise Mars in future, say experts

Human bodies and minds need to be enhanced to make them apt for colonising the Red planet.

By Zee Media Bureau | Updated: Mar 14, 2017, 17:47 PM IST
Humans could colonise Mars in future, say experts
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New Delhi: As per a recent study, experts say that humans could possibly colonise Mars in the future but an enhanced version is required.

Human bodies and minds need to be enhanced to make them apt for colonising the Red planet.

 

An awareness of the one-way journey and all possible dangers cannot be simulated on the International Space Station (ISS), or even in Antarctica, one of the most remote places on Earth and a frequently cited zone in space analogue studies, researchers said.

"We can not simulate the same physical and environmental conditions to reconstruct the martian environment, I mean such traits like martian microgravitation or radiation exposure," said Konrad Szocik, a cognitive scientist at the University of Information Technology and Management in Poland.

"Consequently, we cannot predict physical and biological effects of humans living on Mars," said Szocik.

He argued that it may be necessary to modify people's bodies and minds ahead of journeying to Mars.

Electronically enhancing the human senses or prescribing medication might help diminish emotional reactions in a moment a crisis, Szocik said.

While most discussions of colonies focus on the technological or financial challenges of constructing and maintaining a Mars colony, there has been less study of the social aspects of putting people within a martian colony.

(With PTI inputs)