Is it really possible to establish a self-sustaining community on Mars?
For centuries, the human race has been dreaming about living on other planets, but can we make that happen without having children in space? Is it possible for a child to be born and raised on another planet, such as Mars? A group of researchers is trying to answer these questions in a recent paper that was published in the journal Futures.
First of all, we need to take into consideration human’s anatomy. As we know, while in space, astronauts’ bodies are exposed to completely different conditions than on Earth, including zero gravity and increased exposure to radiation. The lack of gravity has a great impact on the bodily fluids, muscles and bones. In such conditions, a human embryo might not be able to develop properly. Therefore, trying to create a new life in the Martian environment would be very hard to achieve. Not to mention that we cannot possibly imagine what impact would the reduced gravity have on a young child’ development.
In order to make new life possible on Mars, we might have to turn to genetics for help. There is a possibility that some humans are more adapted to living in space than others, so our role would be to identify them and use them to populate Mars. We could even go further and try to modify human DNA so that the newly born children will have traits that are necessary to thrive on Mars. Such process could lead to the creation of a new human species.
Of course, this brings up a number of ethical questions. However, according to scientists, it might be necessary for humans to colonize the space, which would leave us with no other choice but to use genetic editing technologies in order to aid evolution and guarantee the survival of the human species.
Karen and her husband live on a plot of land in British Columbia. They aim to grow and raise a significant part of their food by maintaining a vegetable garden, keeping a flock of backyard chickens and foraging. They are also currently planning a move to a small cabin they hand built. Karen’s academic background in nutrition made her care deeply about real food and seek ways to obtain it. Thus sprung Anna’s interest in backyard gardening, chicken and goat keeping, recycling and self-sufficiency.