Skip to 0 minutes and 3 secondsJASMINA LAZENDIC-GALLOWAY: This week we will discuss why it's worth going to Mars at all, what are the possible ways to get there, and why it's worth building a colony there.

Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsTINA OVERTON: We're also going to look at our need for water. Water is required for all our biochemical processes, so it's essential that we can have a plentiful supply once we're there.

Skip to 0 minutes and 21 secondsJASMINA LAZENDIC-GALLOWAY: What most people don't know is that Mars used to have water a long time ago. Almost whole the northern hemisphere of Mars was covered in water. But now Mars is a desert planet.

Skip to 0 minutes and 31 secondsTINA OVERTON: However, there are still sources of water locked up in the surface of the planet.

Skip to 0 minutes and 35 secondsJASMINA LAZENDIC-GALLOWAY: And we will discuss what are the potential ways of actually extracting that water and using it for human colony.

Welcome to Week 1

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How to Survive on Mars: the Science Behind the Human Exploration of Mars

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