Building a Marsbase is a Horrible Idea: Let’s do it!

Building a Marsbase is a Horrible Idea: Let’s do it!

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Humans love to explore. Strangely enough even horrible places – like Mars. Let’s see how building a Mars base could work and how insanely nerve-wracking exactly it would be.

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69 Responses

  1. Nazaine says:

    What if there are aliens except they live in a similar way, where they have dirt on top of the stations so we think it’s just hills ?

  2. Farid Kemyakov says:

    After watching a video, I think I have some things to point out.
    About creating semi-permanent outpost:
    Obviously we need to send robots first, so they can build the base with all things needed for humans habitat. Humans are too fragile for that mission and too much resources and time will be wasted.
    Agree with a Moon base, before Mars base & colonization. Without Moon base first, it will be very hard to work on Mars.
    There is a great discussion which way to regenerate Mars magnetosphere is the best. So lets see if there is a right way for that first.
    For shielding a base. there is already solution, same as it is on the Moon – create a base underground, in a cave or a crater. No need to cover a base on a surface with a dirt – to much time and energy consuming.
    Space-suits never enter a base – already that was on the Moon missions, if you see videos how astronauts got out from the Moon rovers.
    For water, there is no need to settle base near Martian poles – it’s enough to deliver water from there through tubes.
    Why not build rotating living spaces in a first place, before sending humans on Mars?
    So, overall we need Moon base first and lots of robots & equipment before even thinking to send humans. Also: Dyson sphere around the Sun and factory-base on Mercury is awesome idea.

  3. PAT says:

    This a hot ass mess.. protect earth guys

  4. Justin Y's Stand says:

    But before we go to Mars, let’s get Elon Musk to host *Meme Review ??*

  5. Saeed Khalili says:

    3:40 we do not need windows really we can just place cameras outside and huge screens inside it would seem almost as windows.

    • Loada .Bucket says:

      It’s not a window though. That would be a view screen.

    • The Collapse says:

      Why go through the hassle with the camera. Just set up screens inside that has video of places on earth so it’s like you are on earth

    • ninjafruitchilled says:

      +utkua indeed, I kind of doubt this would work. It must have been studied already though, I’m curious of the results.

    • Silkwesir says:

      a trick to reduce energy and material cost is to just put one 360 camera on top, on a pole, and have the display “window/s” be calculated from that according to the direction they are facing (and/or inhabitants choose the viewing angle/s themselves and/or it changes automatically according to a pre-entered pattern).

    • Guy H says:

      Nice, we just solved the easy the least important problem

  6. The Unstoppable SGG Johnny says:

    I know this is just a film but would anything in “The Martian” actually be true or do-able?

    • Astrophysics Person says:

      The book it’s based on, and by extension the movie, was heavily researched and was considered feasible given knowledge at the time. However, with the recent discovery of toxic chemicals in Martian soil after the book being published, Mark Watney would have needed to filter the chemicals out of the soil first.

      (Please read the book. It’s really good.)

    • The Unstoppable SGG Johnny says:

      +Astrophysics Person I was thinking about how he didn’t filter the soil, interesting… Thanks, loads! I will go order the book now actually!! Thanks again!

    • Elemental_Phoenix says:

      +The Unstoppable SGG Johnny A majority of the book is accurate. He obviously took a few liberties (such as the storm that ends the mission being so sudden and violent) but it’s largely on point.

    • The Unstoppable SGG Johnny says:

      +Elemental_Phoenix Okay, Thanks!

  7. Montpelier Montgomery says:

    Why all the talk about colonizing Mars?
    It’s WAY more practical to colonize the moon.
    We should be doing that first.

    • NubityNub says:

      +Dead Pool We really don’t need a space elevator to the moon, it would be easy to set up an outpost and launching station on the moon without a space elevator. Besides. A space elevator is currently impossible to make. We have no material strong enough to be able to build such an elevator, and even if we did it would take a massive quantity of it which would be extremely expensive.

    • kivu88 says:

      +Alex Lawson no I haven’t, but I will check it out.

    • TheRedstoneBlaze says:

      They mentioned that at the beginning

    • Evan Manor says:

      I’m fairly certain they plan to have the colony primarily underground in the moons lava tubes.

      The moon is a much smaller target for an Asteroid to hit. It would be more likely to hit the Earth since it’s the larger target and more gravity pull.

    • Evan Manor says:

      +Dead Pool

      Helium-3 is needed for Fusion Energy. So the priority should be establishing a base on the moon. To mine this and create a new power source that could possibly fuel the world and possibly future space exploration. The moon would then serve as a perfect launching space to help ressuply Mars. Would also be a perfect way to test some of the colony tech planned for Mars on the Moon. Would be much easier to send help if something goes wrong versus waiting roughly two years to send help to Mars.

  8. Sinan Yücel says:

    I don’t see why we are colonising Mars instead of Venus. Many of you think that Venus is a hell scape with temperatures higher than melting point of lead, and you are right. However Venus also has an atmosphere 90 times denser than Earth’s, which means that we can EASILY make habitats float there. Breathable air filled airships would float somewhere between 50-60 Km. And at these heights, specifically 55 Km, Venus is VERY much habitable.

    1:05 “Cold” – Mars is extremely cold at nights and warm during days. Temperature usually goes between -90 C to +20 C. That is a 110 C temperature difference day and night, which would harm equipment. A Venus colony floating at 55 km would be at a comfortable 27 C degrees. And Venus doesnt have any temperature difference between day and night and it doesn’t have seasons too.

    1:50 “Mars is Very Energy Poor” – Venus is much closer to Sun which means you can harvest solar power effectively there, on top of that its dense atmosphere allows the harvest of wind power.

    2:35 “Mars’s atmosphere is 1% as dense as Earth’s” – While floating at 55 km Venus’ atmosphere is roughly at the same density as easths. So you won’t have to worry about your habitats exploding. While going outside for maintenance, the astronauts can just wear thin clothes that will protect them from scarce amounts of acid found in the air. They won’t have to wear massive suits that will keep them pressurized. Remember the movie Martian? In the movie a small leak causes a whole part of the station to blow up.

    3:03 “Mars has deadly radiation” – Venus’ thick atmosphere protects humans from solar radiation, on top of that Venus has a induced magnetosphere that further blocks radiation.

    4:58 “Martian poles has water” – It is true that water is easier to come by at Mars, but that would mean your colony has to be near the poles, which barely gets any sunlight. So any hopes you had left for solar power is gone. Venus’ atmosphere has trace amounts of water vapour, which can be filtered. It will be slow, but colonies can recycle water so that there will be minimal loss of water.

    5:40 “Mars barely has any gravity” – This is the most serious issue about Mars. We have barely any control over our biology. And our biology doesn’t allow humans to live in low gravity environments for long. Some scientist believe that babies can’t develop correctly in low gravity, which means a truly self sustaining colony, a colony where people can live and populate is impossible on Mars. Venus’s gravity is roughly same as Earth’s so none of these problems exist on Venus.

    6:55 “Narrow travel windows” – You can travel to Venus every 584 days, while for mars you have to wait for 780 days. On top of this, traveling to Venus takes shorter and requires less fuel.

    • Sebastian Dodds says:

      +Triumph263 but the structures holding us and protecting our balloons would not be light, the thing with Venus is its volatile atmosphere, even if this proposed base was high in the atmosphere, consider this. The longest anything we sent there lasted was 110 minutes. Venus is essentially the opposite of mars, where mars is pretty lacking in everything essential, and venus is in excess of everything mars lacks (atmosphere, temperature).

    • LaGG335 SBD3 says:

      Sinan Yücel – Think about it, wouldn’t a floating base be bumpy? How hard would it be to work in such an environment? It seems impractical.

    • Karl Hans says:

      +ninjafruitchilled Exactly what I was saying, thank you

    • Baswagger says:

      +Sebastian Dodds 110 minutes landing on Venus. HAVOC wouldn’t land.

    • Nathan J says:

      If we are in the outer atmosphere how can it protect from radiation? Also it may be easier but clouds are boring when there is a whole planet to explore on mars

  9. Upcycle Electronics says:

    Sounds like a prerequisite for a Mars mission is doing hard time in the US federal penitentiary system and handling it well.

    • KeCS1 says:

      Sending convicts to remote places where it takes a half year to get there and practically everything kills them? Sounds like Australia

    • Dorian R3cinos says:

      +KeCS1 oh Man top comment you made my day haha

    • thorin says:

      This sounds like an idea for a tv show

    • huldu says:

      Well they’d pick candidates that are quite the opposite of what you see in movies. That’s for certain. It’s not hard to find people suitable for the task. It requires a very long process of mental evaluation, to weed out the weak minded people.

    • Croft - Tom says:

      I just watched the “Isolation” Mind Field episode with Vsauce before this video, what a coincidence!

  10. Paulo D. says:

    If humanity wants to continue to exist, it will need to colonize other planets.

  11. Jynsipeli Ayyye says:

    Imagine the day the first kid is born on Mars and birth certificates and IDs and stuff will have to say “Planet of Birth” on them. ? I hope to live to see that day

  12. Kingx408 says:

    Sounds like an awesome idea however I think there are an infinite amount of problems with this and it all seems too much like a perfect recipe for chaos. Really I don’t think we’re yet fit to start even thinking about leaving Earth. You know, were already practically doomed with problems here that we don’t have really much time left to solve them. I think we’re way too ignorant to everything that can go wrong and we don’t have highly reliable solutions to many of them. Before we try colonizing another PLANET we MUST fix all the problems here on earth. Then we may start to think about this. That is the true 1st step in colonizing Mars. We’re a far away from that being a reality. We may be centuries or more realistically thousands of years from it. That is if were even capable of it. Like the title says it’s already a “terrible idea” even more so now in the “present”

    • Beach Looking Guy says:

      the whole thing is a joke. try fixing africa before you create problems on mars

    • Puffy Howler says:

      Here’s the thing: Humanity is not a hive mind, which means we can science lots of things at the same time. Like, right now, we’re trying to fix climate change, trying to cure cancer, trying to make quantum computers, and trying to discover the origin of the universe- all at the same time. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try harder on things like climate change, or that we really need to consider the implications of quantum computing. Not all problems are equal, but all problems are worth considering and trying to fix. Saying “we can’t talk about this until we fix climate change” doesn’t help fix climate change, it just stops a lot of smart people from trying to do something really cool.

    • Kingx408 says:

      +Puffy Howler Fair arguement

  13. Virat Srivastav says:

    Who else saw the alien reference?

  14. MinecraftSurvivalGaming says:

    Wow. Nice work as always, I don’t think we’re ready to tackle Mars yet though, there are way better things to go for first and although Mars is really exciting and brings something to dream about, I don’t think it’s for us right now, but I like all humans are curious and love seeing huge progress and exciting development and I’d love to live to see the first human lay foot on Mars as I wasn’t born yet to see Neil Armstrong lay foot on Mars, but talking about hardworking people, I think you’d fit the jo… wait can you use the internet from Mars? Ah Au ping isn’t really that bad after all then well idk but I’d love to see Vsauce or you go there <3 not gonna happen but not going too far, if we make it there within this century, we can still expect at least a thousand years or so if we find this misson worth it and beneficial to us for the resources it costs before we establish an easy way to go from one to the other, make Mars inhabitable, make laws for it, make living there like living here and make sure we're not off to pollute another planet to rot, as well as making sure we have the proper vaccines for any new type of life which would thrive on these conditions while making us vulnerable, well I don't expect Mars to be on our plane tickets any time soon but it's always great to see your efforts entertain us! Thanks as always and see you hopefully still in February m8

  15. Taikamuna says:

    *_Elon Musk wants to know your location_*

    • Adrian Dominguez says:

      Hehehehe kill yourself

    • Globaros The gamer says:

      +volvo games Uusi Justin Y.

    • Elon Musk says:

      I sure fuckin do

    • Silkwesir says:

      I don’t understand why your nametag is highligthed even though you are not Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

      I have seen the same phenomenon on other videos, but only in the last week or so…

    • Broly says:

      Charles Darwin revealed how evolution works, but not what it really means.

      Evolution is no longer just a theory; it has been proven true beyond a reasonable doubt. The problem is, even people who believe evolution is true disassociate themselves from the process. They somehow skipped all the lower forms of animal life and just started out at the top of the evolutionary ladder.

      The evidence says we evolved as life evolved.

      Human beings did not just appear at the top of the evolutionary ladder to reap the benefits of those millions of years of evolution without having to live through it.

      In other words, you were those other animals. Someone had to be them.

      You had to be lower animals to be a human now. You lived as all the different animals in your evolutionary line. You lived through millions of years, and millions of lives and deaths to get where you are now. That’s what Darwin’s book means.

      In addition to the fossil evidence, the genetic code proves that all animals, including us, evolved from bacteria over the last 700 million years on earth.

      In other words, you were a microbe, an insect, a fish, a dinosaur, an ape…

      When all of the evidence (100%) says something happened, and there is no evidence (zero) that anything else could have happened, it is the truth beyond a reasonable doubt to honest, rational people.

      We have come a very, very long way, but we have a little further to go. The next and last step in our evolution is learning and accepting the truth of life, and this includes acknowledging our true past.

      You will die physically, but you will be born into a new physical body. Being born happens, or you would not be here now. You were born into this life. It is what we know happens. There is no evidence anything else happens. True or false?

      The “you only live once” theory: Many people say that they do not believe in reincarnation; they believe when you die, you’re dead. What about fish, clams, horses, bears, flies? People that say you only live once are saying some souls get to live just one life as a worm, and that is it for all of eternity.

      Other people believe you are judged by a god after you die. Is the worm judged?

      Energy cannot be created or destroyed; it can only be changed from one form to another. Albert Einstein

      Like energy, consciousness cannot be created or destroyed.

      This revelation will change your life. Now you know where you come from and what you’ve been doing for about half a billion years (evolving). The next question is how does life work and what is next, and we can know that too.


      People are trying to understand the universe independent of consciousness, and it is the most important factor in the equation.

      The universe as it relates to conscious life can be understood now. It is the ultimate truth of life; the truth that will transform mankind and the world.

      “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” F(AB) = -F(BA)

      People do not realize what Isaac Newton’s third law of motion really means.

      Everything is balanced. Everything physical (matter/energy) goes back and forth in balanced circles, cycles, or the equivalent. Birth- death, old-young, big-small, strong-weak, start-stop, up-down, rich-poor, beginning-end, fast-slow, hot-cold, pain-pleasure, win-lose, day-night, full-empty, high-low, in-out, success-failure, united-divided, give-receive, creation-destruction, on-off, positive-negative, etc.

      Positive and negative forces moving in balance are the physical universe.

      There are no exceptions to the laws of nature Newton revealed. They apply to all matter and energy. Human beings are matter and energy, thus you and all humans are governed by the same laws.

  16. dragons sweaty belly lover says:

    You guys are the main reason why I have won my battle against depression

  17. Alexanderfrite says:

    I Adore your vidéo but i’m French and I will Know if Brillant is in another langages

  18. Mister Tea says:

    I still think everything is possible except emulating gravity. How can that ever work in a living quarters that inhabitants are entering and exiting every few minutes?

  19. Sez says:

    Kurzgesagt: “Let’s build a Mars Base on an open plain instead of, you know, in a canyon, cave, or partially underground. Because we want to make the work of building (and more importantly maintaining) radiation shielding as hard as humanly possible. Oh, and let’s not even worry about the inevitable deadly dust storms that wouldn’t hurt a fly if we were anywhere other than a field.”

  20. LFTRnow says:

    Regarding nuclear fuel, Mars HAS nuclear fuel, but not in the form we are used to with current reactors. Mars soil and the moon has significant thorium in it. A working breeder reactor with highly enriched fuel would be more than enough to get things started, as neutrons are needed to convert thorium into U233 which then provides further energy (known as a breeder reactor). Endless fuel shipments should not be required once the reactor is set up and thorium is obtained from the soil.

    • Wolf Edmunds says:

      Could we possibly “breed” the fuel by just leaving it out in the highly radioactive surface of Mars?

  21. Rafael White says:

    Makes you appreciate how lucky we are to have Earth, which ironically, we destroy daily.

  22. Esteban Castillo says:

    Elon Musk: We’re gonna colonize Mars

    Moon: Am I a joke to you?

  23. WynterLegend says:

    I volunteer to be the first heavily bionic-augmented human to be sent to the Sacred Red Sands of Mars! Praise the Omnissiah!

  24. Jeremy Basset says:


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