Moving to Mars has become a fascinating dream for most of us. Some have called it a thrilling leap into the future while others say it’s a thought-provoking adventure. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on Mars? Would daily life be the same as living on Earth or will people fail to adjust and face some huge challenges?
Challenges of Sending Humans to Mars
Recently, NASA is hoping to settle the first humans on Mars by the 2030s. Meanwhile, the founder, CEO, CTO, and chief designer of SpaceX, Elon Musk, thinks it would take 1,000 rockets and 20 years to set up a self-sustaining city on Mars. As per the SpaceX plan, a million human beings could live on Mars by the 2060s.
With this, Real Research aims to know what people think about this idea, its challenges of sending humans to Mars, what are the difficulties of living on Mars, and if they are even considering moving to mars.
- Over 34% of the respondents definitely consider moving to Mars.
- NASA is the space project the respondents are most familiar with.
- Almost 41% think that low oxygen will be a major problem on the Red Planet.
In a poll of 350,000 survey participants, the respondents were asked if they heard any news regarding moving to mars. Almost 76% of them are aware of this news while only 24.01% are not. As NASA is hoping to settle the first humans on Mars by the 2030s, people were asked if they agree about this vision.
44.72% of the respondents agree with NASA’s vision that it’s possible to settle the first humans on Mars by 2030. 22.75% answered ‘Maybe’, and a few (19%) do not agree with this. However, the remaining 12.62% do not know their sentiments on the matter yet.
Moreover, when asked if they will ever consider moving to Mars and permanently settling there, a positive answer was shown. Over 34% definitely considered moving to Mars. 29.75% of them wouldn’t consider moving to the Red Planet, while 17.81% said they wanted to compare its benefits with Earth first (after some trials).
With several space projects that are launching nowadays, NASA (39%) is the space project the respondents are most familiar with. Second is SpaceX (33.74%), third would be Russia’s Roscosmos (7.09%), then Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) (6.98%), European Space Agency (3.72%), The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (1.13%), Korea Aerospace Research Institute (0.23%), and others (3.52%). Meanwhile, 4.57% responded that they are not familiar with any space projects.
Problems on Mars for Humans
Over the last century, everything experts have learned about Mars suggests that Mars was once quite capable of hosting ecosystems — and that it might still be an incubator for microbial life today. However, it is also associated with various problems.
When asked what respondents think would affect human beings the most upon moving to Mars, 40.90% think that low oxygen will be the major problem. 20.17% believe that it would be the intense cosmic radiation. 18.18% think the toxic dust particles from dust storms could be a problem, while 8.54% say it is because there is no liquid water as only frozen water is available on the Red Planet. Meanwhile, 3.79% think lower gravity that weakens bones and causes heart problems is a difficulty that people will encounter if they settle on Mars.
For sure, there are various challenges of living on Mars. Now the question is, what would people need to be able to survive on Mars? 40.47% think the most urgent need for human beings to survive on the planet are specially designed homes using robotic diggers and 3D printers. 26.70% think spacesuits are definitely a need to survive. 10.86% say oxygen, 8.83% believe it’s food produced on Mars, 3.29% responded ‘Greenhouse to grow food’ is a must.
Surprisingly, only a few people (1.42%) think clean and recyclable water is the most urgent need for human beings to survive on Mars. Meanwhile, 0.47% think it should be a heating system to stay warm on Mars that is urgent for them to survive there.
From the data collected by Real Research, the majority of the respondents believe that the human mission to Mars is possible by 2030. There are many challenges of sending humans to Mars but having low oxygen on the Red Planet is believed, by the respondents, to be the major problem. As for the most urgent need that humans need to survive on Mars, the majority of the respondents believe it is a specially designed home using robotic diggers and 3D printers. Furthermore, only a few people think oxygen and clean-recyclable water are the most urgent need for human beings to survive on this planet.
|Survey Title||Public Survey on Moving to Mars|
|Duration||April 12th to 19th, 2021|
|Number of Participants||350,000|
|Demographics||Males and females, aged 19 to 60+|
|Participating Countries||Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antarctica, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan…Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, British Indian Ocean Territory, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong-kong), China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sweden, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.