This Is How The First Mars Colony Will Look

Elon Musk’s announcement earlier this year of his plans to send a manned mission to Mars by 2024 revitalized the public’s interest in outer space, and it set off a wave of speculation about what an extraterrestrial colony on Mars would look like.

While the next generation may not be the first to step foot on the Red Planet, they will be the ones to help shape the civilization. That means having extensive knowledge in science, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) fields to answer big questions like, how will the first humans to set foot on Mars adapt to the extreme weather conditions? What will they eat? Where will they live? Will they be able to come back to Earth?

Many of the brightest minds in STEAM fields are busy working on solutions to these challenges, and the concepts they have proposed are impressive ― but the work will not stop with them. From underground living quarters built into ancient lava tubes, to mining equipment that can harvest water for food and fuel, the blueprints of a future human outpost on Mars continue to push STEAM fields forward. We teamed up with Ford to visualize the first Mars colony and reveal the technology that will make it all possible.

The next frontier of human exploration will be on Mars, and thanks to the tireless efforts of STEAM professionals, we’re closer than ever to getting there. Now that you know how the first mars colony will look like, visit the Ford STEAM experience to discover how Ford’s STEAM initiatives are inspiring the next generations of space explorers.