Somebody--no one remembers exactly who--once said that there are three things that matter in real estate: location, location, location. And so it seems: a cramped, roach-ridden studio apartment in Manhattan's West Village will run you $36,000 a year; a cramped little lander with inflatable rooms on Mars will cost something in the neighborhood of $200 million.
Plus transportation. And food, of course. Here's a full breakdown, infographic-style, from the good people at Neo Mammalian Studios:
The cost of space travel per lb is misleading.
Not to mention according to this we'll need 1,200,000-1,500,000 calories per person, per day. Must be one of us Americans moving up there and taking our own McDonald's.
1 kilocalorie = 1 Calorie
The 'Calorie', as we see it on food packaging is different from the unit used in this infographic, the traditional 'calorie'. A single 'Calorie' (note the uppercase) we use for food products is actually 1000 calories, or one kilo-calorie.
1 Calorie = 1 kilo-calorie = 1000 calories
kcal is used more often in europe.
In all of these colonize Mars discussions of late nobody brings up radiation protection. Mars has no magnetic field so that means no protection from solar radiation.
This article seems to make support for SpaceX or some other private company to establish humanity on Mars, by illustrating cost.
But what about effect or proven end result in a variety of experiences; I know NASA success history and experience, but the reality is SpaceX is still establishing itself.
NASA is proven!
No one should want to live on mars. At least not until they discover water in other locations than the ice caps.
A better location to live would be on titan or Europa. Probably not even the moon Titan though, because of ethane and methane instead of h2o and hydrocarbon molecules floating around instead of oxygen and carbon dioxide.
The moon Europa may be the other place in the solar system we should want to live, because it might have a frozen body of h2o underneath its surface and has oxygen (not sure about carbon dioxide) floating around on it's surface.
Maybe a comet mining company will be able to ship carbon dioxide to Europa in order for carbon dioxide to get to it.
That would be the secret to establish a colony there and of course, if sea life is found underneath the icy surface, we may be able to eat the fish found there.
Phone call from Mars? What a stupid idea! Unless you want to hear your party response in 10-30 minutes!!! Even to the Moon light travels for more than a second each-way. Forget about phone, online chat and stuff like that when you are on Mars. Email would be the best way to communicate.
The calculation is not accurate at least in many other parts.
This "Infographic" contains some interesting facts, and looks pretty -- but, it's not a good example of the graphical display of information.
One of the basic rules of graphics -- the information must be communicated graphically. How does one interpret the different size space ships? How does one compare a handset to PSY? If NASA and SpaceX were transporting wheat, would the wheat NASA carries be bigger than the wheat on a SpaceX ship? Most of the information is simply textual -- tags accompanying incommensurable graphic images.
NASA is proven.
Also, NASA has no intention of doing it.
The magnetic field could come from reactors with magnesium oxide, for with enough pressure and heat makes a field. plus, we are thinkin wrong about mars. we need big domes, one for humans, one for livestock and crops, and one for water treatment and energy to power the dome for livestock and humans. if we succeed with quantum physics we could had internet and satellite on mars. Also, i propose temporary housing units that can move on six to eight legs. 6-10" of lead in the walls for protection from radiation. As humans, it wouldnt be hard for us to take over another planet. If theres a will, theres a way.
Humans will never live or establish themselves on Mars. The Martian import tax would be murder to us.
They are already pissed off our little robots trails are leaving all over their pretty landscape, ...... sheesh!
Considering money is a human construct, literally made up out of thin air as a means of controlling true assets with illusionary ones (for man does not create something of physical value from nothingness, nature/god whatever you wish to call it is the only thing that can create something of value from nothing) ... technically the cost of living on mars would only be whatever the Earthly based cost would be for the initial go.
Unless subsequent resources were sent from Earth, the cost of actually living on Mars would be $0 and a lot of hard labor. In order to survive, you must work… Gathering resources, making repairs to equipment, harvesting food, etc. Unless we start a bartering system with mars rocks (in essence taking or creating an economic system) --- there would be no monetary expenses as labor would be your sole cost.
Money is an illusion. Once upon a time, early man bartered with clams. Run out of clams, we went to the ocean to find more clams. Present man trades in 0's and 1's and worthless paper we call dollars, yen, euro, etc. Run out of 0's and 1's or paper we shift a few data bytes around of chop down a tree and print some more.
Yes, our money is a represented presentation of value at a particular time and place, the haves have it, and they have-not’s want more....
I am not sure if money is an illusion, but rather a fictional tale that they have persuade us have not's to fixate upon.
Of course it will cost a lot to live on Mars at first. It's just like any other technology when it's first adopted - it's more expensive for the early adopters, but as it gains more wide acceptance, the cost goes down. It's because more people are buying into it, and the technology itself is improving. Once we get to Mars and build those first colonies, it will be possible to terraform the planet and make it more sustainable for human life, which will mean less expensive technologies will be required to sustain that human presence. Transportation and communication technology will improve, and it will just be a matter of time until a full scale human presence on Mars will be as prominent as the human presence on Earth.