Before human colonization, Mars was a largely empty desert-like planet. Complete with dried riverbeds, huge polar ice caps, rugged valleys, dead volcanoes, mountain ranges, craters and canyons. It also had two moons, Phobos and Deimos. Although Mars had been seen for as long as humans have looked into the stars, the first photographs were taken by the Mariner and Viking spacecraft. It had long been speculated to hold life, ranging from an advanced alien civilization to microscopic bacteria, but no evidence for life has ever been found. The first manned mission to Mars occurred in 2020, as John Boone was the first person to set foot on the planet.
Red Mars Edit
In 2026, an international mission to create a Martian colony was launched, with most of the resources and personnel coming from the USA and Russia. After a lengthy period of training in Antarctica, the giant spacecraft Ares was launched containing 100 people. After landing, they created the colony of Underhill, a sealed habitat complete with sleeping areas, bathrooms, kitchens, communal entertainment spaces as well as surrounding infrastructure including several greenhouses, factories, quarries, transport and storage areas.
Following the success of Underhill, UNOMA authorized the terraforming of the planet and construction of three new settlements on Mars each containing 500 people each. Terraforming began with the drilling of giant moholes into the Martian crust to release heat and gases from deep inside the planet, construction of giant mirrors orbiting the planet to focus light and heat from the Sun onto the planets surface.
Natural Landmarks Edit
- Pavonis Mons