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The resources of Mars for human settlementSpacecraft exploration of Marshas shown that the essential resources necessary for life support are present on the Martian surface. The key life-support compounds O2, N2, and H2O are available on Mars. The soil could be used as radiation shielding and could provide many useful industrial and construction materials. Compounds with high chemical energy, such as rocket fuels, can be manufactured in-situ on Mars. Solar power, and possibly wind power, are available and practical on Mars. Preliminary engineering studies indicate that fairly autonomous processes can be designed to extract and stockpile Martian consumables.
Document ID
19890050424
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Meyer, Thomas R. (Boulder Center for Science and Policy CO, United States)
Mckay, Christopher P. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 14, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1989
Publication Information
Publication: British Interplanetary Society, Journal
Volume: 42
ISSN: 0007-084X
Subject Category
LUNAR AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION
Distribution Limits
Public
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