Episode 570

What Will It Take To Feed A Million People On Mars?

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October 1st, 2019

9 mins 46 secs

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In 2017, Elon Musk laid out his grand sweeping plans for the future of SpaceX, the company that would take humanity to Mars. Over decades, tens of thousands of Starship flights would carry a million human beings to the surface of the Red Planet, the minimum Musk expects it’ll take to create a self-sustaining civilization.

The number of details in an effort like this is mind-boggling. What about the reduced gravity, radiation exposure, and space madness? What about return flights? Replacement parts? Building materials?

What’s everyone going to eat?

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References:
https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/space.2017.29009.emu
https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/space.2019.0018
https://eden-iss.net/
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/how-does-your-space-garden-grow
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/Giving_Roots_and_Shoots_Their_Space_APH
https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/newsevents/2018/0119.html
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-cricket-protein-powder-grocery-store-1.4560177
https://www.forbes.com/sites/daphneewingchow/2019/06/20/is-cultured-meat-the-answer-to-the-worlds-meat-problem/#358246444468
http://eatlikeamartian.org/

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