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Impact of human factors on the growing rate of a martian population

Jean-Marc Salotti 1, * Thomas da Fonseca 1 Adrien Lainé 1 Cédric Moisset 1
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IMS - Laboratoire de l'intégration, du matériau au système
Abstract : In a few decades, the problem of the permanent presence of humans on Mars will be addressed. With current space technology, it is not thinkable to send tons of resources every year from Earth to maintain the quality of life of the population during a long period of time. A sustainable development of the colony will therefore be possible only if the population grows and rapidly achieve a minimum number of persons in order to be able to develop and maintain industrial activities that will allow self sufficiency relatively to the Earth. The goal of our study is to examine possible impacts of human factors on the demographical evolution of the population during that development. It is assumed in this study that the settlement is technologically feasible and that the threshold for the minimum number of persons will be achieved thanks to demographical growing with a negligible number of immigrants per year. First of all, demographical data from several countries have been examined and the impact of human factors has been analysed. From these observations, we came to different options for a scenario of the Martian settlement and a simulator has been developed. The main conclusion of the proposed demographical analysis is that social factors such as religion, culture or public policy have a great impact on the growing rate. Simulations on the computer show that if appropriate options are chosen the population of the colony can easily reach 50000 people in less than 500 years. However, if the growing rate is too high, the development might not be sustainable any more. For instance, if the number of children is very high, their education would require the mobilization of too many human resources. A trade-off has therefore to be found.
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Jean-Marc Salotti, Thomas da Fonseca, Adrien Lainé, Cédric Moisset. Impact of human factors on the growing rate of a martian population. Impact of Human Factors on the Growing Rate of a Martian Population, Oct 2011, Cape Town, South Africa. pp.1-5. ⟨hal-00670458⟩



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