Humans on Mars Initiative

  • Mars

    Humans on Mars

    Pathways toward a long-term sustainable exploration

We investigate pathways toward a sustainable human exploration of Mars in seven projects funded by the State of Bremen. The projects focus on human factors, such as the interactions and communication between humans and human-machine mixed teams, on habitats and life support systems, and on the responsible extraction of local resources for the in-situ production of consumables and spare parts.



Girls visiting the MaMBA habitat at ZARM, University Bremen

Girls´ Day 2023

On April 27th, three female students visited MAPEX and immersed themselves in the world of Mars research.

Marc Avila in front of a screen, welcomes the guests

Humans on Mars Plenary Meeting

For the third time since the kick-off in July 2022, all members of the Humans on Mars initiative met.

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Space Tech Expo EU 2022 in Bremen

The Humans on Mars initiative was present for the first time at Space Tech Expo EU 2022. From November 15 to 17, visitors were able to visit us at booth K35 at Messe Bremen and engage in direct exchange with our researchers.

But not only the research topics of Humans on Mars were discussed, many…

Bremen's mayor Dr. Andreas Bovenschulte visits the "Humans on Mars" initiative at ZARM

Mayor Dr. Andreas Bovenschulte was at ZARM on November 23, 2022 to visit the project team of "Humans on Mars". He was here to learn about the interdisciplinary team's research.

Marc Avila opens the meeting

2nd. Humans on Mars Plenary Meeting

The members of the Humans on Mars initiative met at the University of Bremen in November 2022.

four presenters with auditorium

Pathways to a long-term sustainable exploration

Mankind's dream of flying to Mars is about to come true: various countries are working at full speed on the technical implementation and are undercutting each other with targeted launch dates. But to be successful on Mars, humans must manage to live there largely independently of Earth. In the…

Dr. Cyprien Verseux with Cyanobacteria at ZARM

'buten un binnen' visits Humans on Mars

buten un binnen, the regional magazine of Radio Bremen, was a guest at the University of Bremen.

Kick Off Event: Humans on Mars

Around 60 researchers participated in the kick-off event of the ‘Humans on Mars’-Initiative at the Haus der Wissenschaft in Bremen on July 8th, 2022. Coming from eight different faculties of the University of Bremen and four research institutes, they all work together to address the question of what…


Humans on Mars: Pathways Toward Sustainable Settlement

Press release of the University of Bremen / 05.07.22 Kai Uwe Bohn. Is sustainable human exploration of Mars possible? How will humans affect the new environment? Around 60 researchers from the University of Bremen and other institutes are investigating these questions as part of an initiative.


SCIENCE GOES PUBLIC! Learning from insects

In April, MAPEX was again at Science goes PUBlic. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kirsten Tracht talked about beetle feet, gecko tape and gripping sensitive components in "Wohnzimmer".