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The Big Future: Can we colonize Mars?

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Mars has been seeing a lot of action lately, between NASA's string of rovers and new projects from Elon Musk and Mars One. But what would it take to set up a permanent settlement there? Could humans survive in such a harsh and alien setting? In this week'sBig Future, Adrianne Jeffries takes a look at the nuts and bolts of a martian settlement, from food shipments to radiation management. There are a lot of problems, but we've got good ideas about how to solve them.

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The big question for me is: Go to Mars despite all the problems on Earth that need solving?

Or focus those resources on solving some of Earth's bigger challenges.

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