Participants in the NASA-organized colloquium questioned the possibility of soon building a permanent colony on Mars.
The journey to Mars is one of the main programs of the American Space Agency today, which involves a manned flight to the Red Planet around 2030. The result of a manned mission may be the foundation of a colony, but experts believe that it cannot be permanent. Scientists shared their doubts at a colloquium organized within the framework of NASA's Future Space Operations (FISO) project.
According to Universe Today, the speech at the colloquium was about the creation of "Exploration Zones" (EZ) on Mars. It is a location within a 100 km radius of the ship's landing site, stretching in several directions and containing Regions of Interest (ROIs). There will also be residential and scientific modules, resource extraction bases, and so on. Now NASA has outlined 45 such zones. However, during their presentation at the colloquium, it was noted that the colonies would be only temporary.
According to scientists, people can be in these colonies in shifts and only during the daytime. According to Ben Bussie, head of the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, permanent colonies are a "long journey."
“No one at NASA sees colonies as a permanent base for humans. The idea is to create a "Exploration Zone" for the first team. Then she will leave, and others will arrive in her place. That is, the settlement will be only partly permanent - the inhabitants will be temporary,”explained Ben Bassi.