Mars is a dry, dusty, formerly rust-colored world in the Sol system with a burgeoning introduced biosphere composed of terragenid organisms. It is Earth’s neighbor planet, and the first planet apart from Earth that was settled by humans.
InhabitantsMars' biosphere is merely a few centuries old but already fairly well-established; imported over the late 2000s through the 2300s from Earth (being terragenids.) Over generations, the humans of Mars have adapted to their extraterrestrial environment, even as they have adapted the environment itself. Martian humans, colloquially termed "rustfeet," have slowly evolved to become lankier than their Earthbound ancestors thanks to the significantly lower gravity of the red planet. Their cardiovascular and muscular systems have become slightly weaker, making life in higher gravity environments more of a challenge for Martians than their Earthen counterparts. However, rigorous physical training can be undertaken to prepare a Martian's physiology for more intense gravitational conditions.
For much more information, visit the Wikipedia page on Mars.
The first human landing on Mars took place on October 3, 2016. Remaining on the surface of the rust world for four months, the astronauts of the Ares I mission studied the composition of the red planet, tested the performance of new technologies, and determined which crops grew best in the harsh Martian environment. Thanks to the success of the Ares I mission, the Ares program was continued to the end of the fifth mission in 2036, after which they were supplanted by the Cadmus program responsible for terraforming the red planet. The Cadmus program was overseen by both the UNAC on Earth and in orbit around Mars -in 2029, the Ares IV mission deployed the core block of the International Mars Orbital Research Station, followed by the delivery and assembly of the habitation module by the Ares V mission in 2049. Additional modules were delivered by unmanned commercial spacecraft over the course of the early 2040s, and the IMORS received its first crew in 2045 to begin preparations for the Cadmus program.
The first challenge in terraforming Earth’s rusty neighbor was, naturally, Mars’ conspicuously absent magnetosphere. This was solved with surprising ease by a young engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who designed the Aegis-class nuclear electromagnet satellite, which became a staple of terraforming efforts for the next several hundred years. ANCILE (Aegis Nuclear Core Inductive Lagrange-1 Electromagnet) was brought to Mars L-1 by the last Ares mission in 2033, allowing the artificial Martian magnetosphere to accumulate.Halley’s Comet to a collision vector with Mars (a decision with considerable public backlash, but much benefit.) Cadmus II performed a similar feat with numerous other, smaller periodic comets in 2064. Cadmus III (2068) and IV (2072) brought genetically engineered microorganisms to the surface of the red planet, designed to convert the atmosphere from CO2 to oxygen and remove harmful chemicals from Martian minerals and water. After over half a century of no human activity on the Martian surface, the Cadmus V mission established New Thebes in Da Vinci Crater: humanity’s first permanent residence on a planet other than Earth. Following this, the Cadmus program partnered with the BIFROST to bring genetically modified flora to the surface, eventually resulting in the mottled greenery seen on Mars from the 2300s onwards.
- Deimos (natural)
- Phobos (natural)
- International Mars Orbital Research Station
- 61% nitrogen
- 36% oxygen
- 2.75% argon
- 0.15% carbon dioxide
- 0.1% other gases