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

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  • Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell  7 months ago +3356

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    • ScionStorm
      ScionStorm Day ago

      After the moon base could we not establish a satellite station further out as an intermediary in the gap between Earth and Mars somewhere that supplies could be stocked.

    • Nathan Jarboe
      Nathan Jarboe 2 days ago

      Wait, if Mars is a cold radioactive desert, than why doesn’t it have radioactive elements, where’s the radioactive stuff come from and why can’t they use it?

    • Razia Khatoon
      Razia Khatoon 23 days ago

      U have unique voice, god bless u

    • Doom2exe
      Doom2exe Month ago

      Mars bases are highly susceptible to demon invasions.

    • Seth Towne
      Seth Towne Month ago

      heh that Doom reference

  • Shane Okon
    Shane Okon 2 hours ago

    Forgot the part with the Dome

  • Fathaldin Aljamal
    Fathaldin Aljamal 3 hours ago

    7:51 I think you mean for the benefit of Monopolys and people whos greed is stronger than the gravity of a black hole.

  • SkyfoxPlays
    SkyfoxPlays 6 hours ago


  • Joshua Rivera
    Joshua Rivera 7 hours ago

    I love how they vaguely referenced Doom guy toward the end lol

  • vegetariansteak
    vegetariansteak 9 hours ago

    why not just a fucking moon colony?

  • omegaethan rob
    omegaethan rob 19 hours ago +2

    But there one more thing we forgot about...


  • juanme555
    juanme555 22 hours ago

    This is a great video if we're talking about trying it right now or we assumed that technology stagnated , but in reality we'll probably fuse with technology as humans and go as deep as to having tech livers , tech lungs , tech stomachs , etc. it isn't so crazy to believe that we'd eventually upgrade ourselves to be able to live on other planets , our entire history revolves around efficiency , what we call progress is actually efficiency improvements , and increase of something that already exists making it less efficient is known as a small improvement , judging by the exponential development of our race it seems rather intuitively logical that instead of us changing other planets , we'll change ourselves to better develop ourselves in other planets , it seems like the most efficient path.

  • David Ringelspaugh
    David Ringelspaugh 23 hours ago

    would coating the walls in lead be effective?

  • Andres Borges
    Andres Borges Day ago +1

    Good point. Let's not do it and just build sprawling colonies in space orbiting earth and the moon!

  • Tulley DA_Teach
    Tulley DA_Teach Day ago +4

    Much like when the Europeans colonized North America. Both France and England lost a couple of colonies before anything started to thrive.

  • RedStar Music
    RedStar Music Day ago

    I so hope there's a scientific break through in anything to do with colonizing other planets because I really want to be able to be around by the time we're getting a stable colony on Mars

  • Luiz Marinho
    Luiz Marinho Day ago

    Mars is too small for a 7 billion population.

  • 813Magik
    813Magik Day ago

    Those the houses on tatooine

  • Zachary Runyon
    Zachary Runyon Day ago

    What about space debri? Meteors and other thing that pelt mars. What could we possibly do for such a thing?

  • Justin Rohrer
    Justin Rohrer Day ago

    July 4th 1997 an alien space craft has landed on Mars! Google it!

  • SirKitKat
    SirKitKat Day ago

    now all I can hope is that this happens within my lifetime so I can witness it

  • FrostiMintz
    FrostiMintz Day ago

    If you remember the bomb video, Mars resembles what would happen if every bit of plutonium on Earth, the world gets flattened, cold, radioactive, etc. It would obviously be in the stage where the eternal winter clouds are gone and if there was life, it would just now be begging to take over again, if the radioactivity isn't too much or they adapted, idk if what I'm saying is correct so feel free to correct me in the comments

  • ASeeker
    ASeeker Day ago

    ᴡʰʸ ᶜᵃⁿ'ᵗ ʷᵉ ʲᵘˢᵗ ᵗᵃᵏᵉ ᶜᵃʳᵉ ᵒᶠ ᵒᵘʳ ᵖˡᵃⁿᵉᵗ ᶠⁱʳˢᵗ???

  • Kiara Ciraku
    Kiara Ciraku Day ago +1

    Or you could nuke it?

  • No Name
    No Name Day ago

    am I the only one seeing the lovable spider mastermind at 8:50

  • whynottalklikeapirat

    I ... I am just not ready for mars o.O ... it's not you it's me ... gotta go ... live long and prosper ...

  • Phillip Khaing
    Phillip Khaing Day ago

    I think the best thing to solve this orbital gap is by having a space station in solar orbit. That way we can quickly send people and things back and forth without waiting too long. Also, if one's not enough then create two and have them in orbit at the same time in opposite positions. Only problem I see is the maintainence costs are going to be sky high as the space stations have to protect themselves from solar winds, radiation, keep everyone warm, have an atmosphere, and the cost for bringing supplies as well. Yeesh.

  • Austin Worthington

    Mars: Exists
    British Empire: It's free real estate

  • Criminal 234
    Criminal 234 Day ago

    Man I would love to see that happen but sometimes tells me I won’t live long enough to see that,and I’m only 15

  • Luis Perez
    Luis Perez Day ago +1

    _________ is a terrible idea. LET'S DO IT!!!!
    Humanity in a nutshell.

  • Pixel
    Pixel Day ago

    7:58 mm ksp reference

  • Davey Jones
    Davey Jones Day ago

    Fuck Mars

  • Yer Derp
    Yer Derp Day ago

    "Helpers may arrive on a planet full of corpses." Yeah. DEMON CORPS- *Doomguy dies* fuck.
    Anybody else see the Spider Mastermind and DoomGuy?

  • Amyychu :3
    Amyychu :3 Day ago +5

    *A Mars Base is possible, but it needs a Moon Base!*
    NASA & SpaceX: yes

  • Light of Aman
    Light of Aman 2 days ago +4

    Hey, please make a video like this one about Venus.

    • Scott
      Scott Day ago +1

      @Cristiano Erre The thing with Mars is that, whilst difficult, it's perfectly feasible with current technology and we've done a hell of a lot of studying and surveying. Venus? Not so much. We've barely sent anything there, there's been far less research and studies into it, technology doesn't exist that could overcome the difficulties, etc. It's far more beneficial to go to Venus, but now get me someone who has the faintest idea of how we could make literal bases and cities *float* in the sky. It'd require insane amounts of energy if we used current technology such as propellers and engines and could be absolutely disastrous if even a single, tiny thing goes wrong. The only way I can foresee it working is if we managed to find something that allows us to technically "float" above the dense clouds - say something like helium balloons. That alone comes with far, far more severe consequences though...

    • Cristiano Erre
      Cristiano Erre Day ago

      Colonize Venus is a far better idea, with floating bases above the clouds

  • FoxHawkPvP
    FoxHawkPvP 2 days ago +2

    I love how the title is Building a Marsbase is a Horrible Idea: Let's do it!

  • RoRa26
    RoRa26 2 days ago

    Mars is just tatooin

  • Emmanuel Amoah
    Emmanuel Amoah 3 days ago

    Elon has left the chat

  • Zemani
    Zemani 3 days ago

    We should go to GDF-67899 CancriE next

  • Mars
    Mars 3 days ago

    No, Dont land on me i saw what you did to earth. Brutal!

  • Tychus Enfield Larsson

    Earth Directorate? You mean to tell me that you came all the way from the Earth?

  • Luke Molnar
    Luke Molnar 3 days ago

    Why is it worth it?

  • Carter Plays!
    Carter Plays! 4 days ago

    7:06 nice doom reference

  • Fallen Devonish
    Fallen Devonish 4 days ago

    or we go to titan

  • poko king
    poko king 4 days ago

    Minus the terrain sounds a lot like school

  • Sarah Cha
    Sarah Cha 5 days ago

    Why would we wanna colonize Mars if we end up just staying inside the whole time?

  • Old Gregg
    Old Gregg 5 days ago

    I love the little easter eggs you guys put in the videos

  • Rigz Movie Diaries
    Rigz Movie Diaries 5 days ago

    What if we are already on mars and

  • Mr Waluigi
    Mr Waluigi 6 days ago +11

    Elon Musk: Do it!
    Kursegesagt: But sire, it’s too dangerous!
    Elon Musk: Just do it!

  • Jacob AONE
    Jacob AONE 6 days ago

    Nat geo says its gonna be great.
    Nasa says its gonna be great.
    Kurzgesagt says its gonna be horrible.
    But i love fish and greens so it might be not that bad.
    And they should raise cows to terraform mars.

  • Cypro Dex
    Cypro Dex 6 days ago

    I'm gonna Spanish...
    me tiré un pedo también tengo 2000000 IQ y todos somos robots lolololololololololololololol bye people me gustan los pedos

  • C4OnYourDoor
    C4OnYourDoor 6 days ago

    will you be making a video on the phase three aspect of a martin colony?

  • S G
    S G 7 days ago

    That's why you make one in Alpha Centauri on a planet that is habitable without 30th century technology.
    Because we don't have 30th century technology.

  • loltriangle
    loltriangle 7 days ago

    lol imagine if we could not make the internet cross compatible throughout mars and earth and there would be two versions of twitter one for earth and one for mars xd

  • Tos
    Tos 7 days ago

    But can we build an artificial magnetosphere? Sounds like the kinda challenge we should be thinking about

  • V-Rex
    V-Rex 7 days ago

    This videos made me doubt if it's even worth going to Mars. Sure the Earth is destined for destruction, but Mars doesn't seem much better.

  • sales for sarees
    sales for sarees 7 days ago

    How to build space colony in earth orbit

  • kurwitz
    kurwitz 7 days ago

    im starting to think Elon Musk is watching this.

  • Mohit Sinha
    Mohit Sinha 7 days ago

    kurzgesagt do make a video on boltzmann brain it's a cool topic and very few know about this hypothesis.

  • Jon V.
    Jon V. 8 days ago +1

    humans: let's colonize Mars
    mars: I'm about to end this whole man's career

  • anti bully
    anti bully 8 days ago

    humans: tries to colonize mars
    mars: things are about to get GRUsome

  • 陳坤煇
    陳坤煇 8 days ago


  • Quantum Walnut
    Quantum Walnut 9 days ago

    You mean if we want to live on Mars, we need to deliberately make it go through climate change?

  • splendor Inthegrass
    splendor Inthegrass 9 days ago

    why chickens tho?