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Source: Valentina Sumini / MIT Redwood Forest Team

'Redwood Forest' Solar-Powered Domes Offer Green Way To Live On Mars

By Brian Spaen

Living on Mars is an idea that continues to gain traction every day. There are even competitions for the best projects that offer ideas as to how to make it a reality. For example, the Mars City Design is an organization that gives these awards to innovators annually. At the top of their list in the “Architecture” category this year is Redwood Forest, submitted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The Redwood Forest project, led by MIT postdoc Valentina Sumini and assistant professor Caitlin Mueller, focuses on creating habitats inside of domes. Each dome would house a unique forest that protects and provides an open space for water and plants. Underneath the surface is a series of tunnels that would be able to hold up to 50 people.

In total, the project would be able to give up to 10,000 people new homes on Mars as the team is aiming toward building 200 domes. The idea of living underground is to completely protect the community from the extreme conditions on the planet’s surface. This would also provide easy transportation among the other dome establishments.