Making Green on the Red Planet: How Might We Build an Economy on Mars?

Interesting Engineering | Dec 2, 2019 at 2:26 PM
  • The evidence for the presence of these minerals includes studies of Martian meteorites, as well as evidence gathered by robotic landers and rovers operating on the surface.
  • For the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, the cost to send payloads to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) is just $2,720 per kg ($1,236 per lbs) and about $1400 ($640 per lbs), respectively.
  • A working fleet of reusable spacecraft like Elon Musk’s Starship or NASA’s planned-Deep Space Transport is also necessary.