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

  • Published on: 03 February 2019
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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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  • Heroesflorian
    Heroesflorian   6 hours ago

    3:45 - looks like the neighbors are visiting!

  • Ethanw04
    Ethanw04   7 hours ago

    It’s a different planet bruh, what do you expect?

  • Gamer Zone
    Gamer Zone   19 hours ago

    NASA watching this before colonizing mars: Write that down write that down!

  • aarya badaya
    aarya badaya   19 hours ago

    Kids come here to fulfill their fantasies. Men come to gain extra knowledge. Legends come here to read comments. Ultra legends came here to see the birds. Ultra-Mega legends come here to proof Flat- Earthers are wrong. Multiverse Legends come here to know Mars exist

  • Q
    Q   21 hours ago

    Good luck to SpaceX and the courageous vict... eh, explorers who are willing to go to mass in a few years.

  • Jimbo Bimbo
    Jimbo Bimbo   1 days ago

    3:44 - An Alien xenomorph in the base? Pet of the future?

  • Nemo Taylor
    Nemo Taylor   1 days ago

    Finally a video that doesn’t gloss over the brutal reality of Mars ... good work

  • Charles Robinson
    Charles Robinson   1 days ago

    You don't carry all your eggs in one basket because if you drop it you lose all your eggs. Same with people. If Earth is destroyed by a asteroid all of humanity is gone. But if we have people on Mars, humanity lives on.

  • Charles Robinson
    Charles Robinson   1 days ago

    Such a pessimist. Every video is just death danger and extinction. Have faith

  • Kasey Marriott
    Kasey Marriott   1 days ago

    Lets just hope that if we do turn mars into earth 2.0 that we dont turn it into a legic bin, leaving rubbish everywhere and stuff

  • Travis Besst
    Travis Besst   2 days ago

    Also don't forget that funding for this is largely determined by politics with a tiny smattering of rich entrepreneurs in the mix. So it will never happen.

  • Thanos
    Thanos   2 days ago

    Love the DOOM references

  • Pigface537
    Pigface537   2 days ago

    cant wait for flat earthers to appear on mars and say that it is all an illusion

  • Tomas Pont
    Tomas Pont   2 days ago

    I... I tought you said that there won't be any windows on our outpost...But then a few seconds later i see outpost with WINDOWS.My brain: ARRRRGHHHHHH!!!!!!

    ATÔMICO   2 days ago

    so, how much kerbals do we need?

  • David Levesque
    David Levesque   2 days ago

    So friggin small a possibility for success in living there. It's definitely we have to go subsurface, which means caves and space station in orbit in a spot of low impact of radiationAnd the people need to be head over heels in love with each other, or of mindsets of, it's normal to live in hell and not kill each other...Or, both.Crazy start. But we need the species survivability factors.

  • Allen Han
    Allen Han   3 days ago

    Clickbait! These aren't humans. They are birds!~

  • Judeca L
    Judeca L   3 days ago

    So all this means that the movie The Martian is bs?

  • Meme Kip
    Meme Kip   3 days ago

    "industries setting foot in orbit" say that again but slowly

  • Neptune Vibe
    Neptune Vibe   3 days ago

    They barely colonised Biosphere 2 (that project in the desert) and they could not make it right. They had to brake the isolation now imagine in case of emergency what could we break on Mars? The isolation from death only!

  • Epidemic Rage
    Epidemic Rage   3 days ago

    Easter egg at 7:07 if you haven’t noticed:That face is of the doomsguy , the video game character from DOOM, a game based on mars.The expressions he’s showing are various stages of health he has during the game.

  • Najo
    Najo   3 days ago

    So, wait. There is a window where people can travel from Earth to Mars once within 2 years. But we have the spaceship hub in the moon right? So if the ships were to set out from there, would that perhaps create a "wider" window?

  • Kaph
    Kaph   3 days ago

    I so badly want to live long enough to witness this happening.

  • Vincent Chen
    Vincent Chen   4 days ago

    In 50 years:"Mom, I'm heading to Mars. Do you need anything?"

  • james mac
    james mac   4 days ago

    Just build the base underground

  • Dan
    Dan   4 days ago

    how about staying on Earth and keeping the climate under good parameters.. x100 times more economically feasible than colonizing Mars

  • ivan lau
    ivan lau   4 days ago

    I predict the Norwegians or icelandians are gonna be fine up there.

  • Ada Sierek
    Ada Sierek   4 days ago

    The sad thing is we could have landed on Mars years ago if not the fact that humans separate themselves by countries. If we were all united, we would have enough money, but when we split it into so many countries, no country alone has enough money to go to Mars. :/