Water in Mars' Utopia Planitia

Presentation at IAC 2016 in Mexico

Emerging Futures presented its latest analysis of a large-scale Earth-Mars human transport system at the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 30, 2016. Analysis focuses on direct round-trip missions between Earth and Mars, and explored sensitivities to several key assumptions. It came on the heels of Elon Musk's unveiling of his Interplanetary Transport System design on September 27.

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Mars In-Situ Resource Utilization

An ongoing challenge in the long-term campaign to explore Mars is the mass and complexity involved in transporting consumables from Earth to the Martian surface. Jeffery Greenblatt was invited to participate in a workshop sponsored by Caltech's Keck Institute for Space Studies to explore ways to produce oxygen and fuel from in situ resources on Mars, e.g., water, carbon dioxide and sunlight. Two workshop were held in June and September 2016 in Pasadena, CA.  [Read More]

We're featured on Realtor.com!

Emerging Futures' CEO Jeffery Greenblatt was featured on Realtor.com in an eye-opening article about real estate on Mars (no joke)! As a result of Elon Musk's bold announcement in September at the 2016 International Astronautical Congress, the idea of humans visiting—and even living—on Mars is fast becoming mainstream. The article also features author Andy Weir ("The Martian"), visionary architect Gui Trotti, and others.  [Read More]

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Recently, NASA announced a large volume of water in a region of Mars' northern midlatitudes called Utopia Planitia—more than contained in Lake Superior in the U.S.! For a human settlement in this region, it would indeed be a utopia, as Emerging Futures calculates there is enough water to sustain a million-person settlement for almost 1 million years!

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