Humans on Mars Initiative

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    Humans on Mars

    Pathways to a long-term sustainable exploration

  • Portrait of Lucio Colombi Ciacchi.

    Lucio Colombi Ciacchi

    “Learning how to produce metals and other materials on Mars will promote a transition from fire-driven to electricity-driven and CO₂-emission-free materials engineering for the first time ever.”

  • Kurosch Rezwan working in the laboratory.

    Kurosch Rezwan

    “Thinking the unthinkable is what drives me. Mars is the perfect place for that.”

  • Researcher Anastasyia Tönjes at work.

    Anastasiya Tönjes

    “Another planet means other materials. For me, as a materials scientist, it is a big challenge. With ‘Humans on Mars‘ I can explore the future today.”

  • Sven Kerzenmacher working on an experiment.

    Sven Kerzenmacher

    “Martian reality will force us to find radically new approaches in coping with scarcity and foster resource efficiency. This mindset will also help shaping sustainable life on Earth.”

  • Katharina Brinkert at work.

    Katharina Brinkert

    “The exploration of space and protection of Earth go hand-in hand: the complementary approach of the Martian Mindset shows us how much space and Earth science can learn and benefit from each other.”

  • Cyprien Verseux

    “The Humans on Mars Initiative is an exciting opportunity to combine my expertise in space biology with that of others in fields far apart – and ultimately, to help make Mars exploration sustainable.”

  • Lutz Mädler

    “The Humans on Mars Mindset requires an engineering vision into a world of unknowns and constrains - not far from what we have on earth, but more extreme and less complex at the same time.”

  • Frank Kirchner next to a robot on Moon like surface

    Frank Kirchner

    „Humans on Mars tackles an extremely important challenge with respect to robotics research, it has the potential to achieve mayor breakthrough towards robots that are fit for everyday life.“

  • Daniel Meyer

    Daniel Meyer

    “The unique boundary conditions on Mars require to re-think manufacturing in a multi-disciplinary approach which will lead to exciting developments also applicable to the challenges on Earth.”

  • Researcher Christiane Heinecke.

    Christiane Heinicke

    "We set out to find ground-breakingly new answers to sustaining humans on Mars. I love the interdisciplinary challenge and the inevitable implications for our life on Earth."

  • Professor Kirsten Tracht at work.

    Kirsten Tracht

    "Mars habitat planning enables a radical new paradigm of producing with sustainability and full circularity from product design, material sourcing to maintenance and end-of-life."

  • Marc Avila, speaker of the initiative Humans on Mars.

    Marc Avila

    "Mars has extremely limited natural resources. Under the premise of scarcity, our cross-disciplinary team researches how to sustain humans on Mars and applies the lessons learnt to Earth.”

Humans on Mars

Wir untersuchen Wege zu einer nachhaltigen, menschlichen Erkundung des Mars in sieben vom Land Bremen geförderten Projekten. Die Projekte konzentrieren sich auf menschliche Aspekte, wie die Interaktion und Kommunikation zwischen Menschen und gemischten Mensch-Maschine-Teams, auf Habitate und Lebenserhaltungssysteme sowie auf die verantwortungsvolle Gewinnung lokaler Ressourcen für die In-situ-Produktion von Verbrauchsmaterialien und Ersatzteilen.



News and activities

Grafic of Astronauts on Mars next to solar panels

Bremer Materialwissenschaften nehmen erste Hürde auf dem Weg zur Exzellenzförderung

"Mit der Marsperspektive werden wir die Produktion von Materialien unter der Prämisse von Ressourcenknappheit neu denken." 'The Martian Mindset: A Scarcity-Driven Engineering Paradigm' kann ersten Erfolg verzeichnen.

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Die vier Gäste der Paneldiskussion zusammen mit Hanna Lührs als Moderatorin.

Paneldiskussion "Erkundung des Weltalls: Mensch versus Maschine"

Am 5. September 2022 fand im Universum Bremen eine Paneldiskussion statt, die Hanna Lührs moderierte.

Publication highlights

Lara Watermann steht vor einer Präsentation und redet.

Human-AI Teams in a Mars Habitat: The Influence of the Perception of an AI as a Team Member or Tool on Trust and Affect

Lara Watermann, Ksenia Appelganc, Paul Große Maestrup, Saurabh Band, Anna Förster, Christiane Heinicke, Vera Hagemann

AOWI-conference of the German Psychological Society (2023)

The AOWI-conference of the German Psychological Society took place in Kassel from 12th to 15th September, 2023. The…


Integration of a Photobioreactor into the MaMBA Facility as Part of a Human-centered Life Support System

Paul Große Maestrup, Ksenia Appelganc, Saurabh Band, Florian Stechmann, Vera Hagemann, Anna Förster, Cyprien Verseux, Christiane Heinicke

52nd International Conference on Environmental Systems (2023)



Assessment of the technological viability of photoelectrochemical devices for oxygen and fuel production on Moon and Mars

Byron Ross, Sophia Haussener, Katharina Brinkert 

Nature communications  14 (2023), 3141


Human deep space exploration is presented with multiple challenges, such as the reliable, efficient and sustainable operation of life support systems. The…