Astrogeology Science Center

Humans May Adapt Ancestor's Way of Dwelling

23 May 2017

When scientists land the US mothership on Mars in the future, where should they go for relief from the elements, atmosphere and radiation? When I last looked at data acquired from Mars Missions, without pareidolia tri-focal lenses on, no billion-year-old hotel exists for use. Space Scientist, Glen Cushion, made a great discovery for likely human habitation on Mars, even though the accommodation, at first, may not receive a five-star rating. 


“Caves are important to the future of Mars exploration because they are believed to provide shelter from a range of harsh surface conditions, maintaining near-pristine surfaces and relatively stable microclimates. Mars’s thin atmosphere and negligible magnetic field do not effectively absorb, deflect, or moderate numerous hazards, including micrometeoroid impacts, dust storms, extreme temperature variations, and high fluxes of UV, alpha particles, and cosmic rays (e.g., Mazur et al., 1978; De Angeles et al., 2002; Boston et al., 2004; Cushing et al., 2007). Because organic materials cannot continuously withstand such hazards, caves may be among the few human-accessible locations that preserve evidence of whether microbial life ever existed on Mars. Caves may also become valuable resources for human explorers, who would otherwise have to transport their own shelters or construct them in place (e.g., Horz, 1985; Coombs and Hawke, 1992; Boston et al., 2003). Additionally, exploring and characterizing Mars’s volcanic caves should enable us to constrain theories about lava-flow thermodynamics and hydrodynamics under Mars’s gravity and atmospheric conditions. Volcanic and other types of caves may also protect mineral formations that either do not form or become buried or altered under surface conditions (Hill and Forti, 1997).”

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