Huge numbers join the waiting list
No sooner has Curiosity celebrated its first year on Mars than 100,000 people have signed up for a one-way ticket to join it on the surface thanks to a Dutch company's plans to colonise the red planet – by 2023!
Studded with the gaping Valles Marineris canyon, the biggest known mountains in the Universe (Olympus Mons) and countless volcanoes, Mars has floodplains on its iron oxide surface while below there is evidence of ice. Temperatures fluctuate, but it's very cold. Perfect? No – but it's by far the most similar planet to Earth in our solar system, and one of the nearest, too.
With two Mars rovers currently on the surface and three satellites in orbit, we're obviously obsessed with the red planet, but it now seems that private, commercial exploration and settlement of other planets is being seriously discussed. It looks like we're going to Mars.
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