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 concepts for a long-term sustainable human exploration and settlement of Mars might look like.
The focus of the initiative is not on technological feasibility – such as designing a suitable spacecraft for the long flight. It is rather on people and the complex challenges they are likely to face on the surface of Mars, as well as potential consequences: humans on Mars will change the pristine environment of the red planet, and they will affect how we treat our home planet Earth.
The event was opened with a welcome address by Dr. Claudia Schilling, Senator for Science and Ports of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, and Professor Bernd Scholz-Reiter, President of the University of Bremen.