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

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  • Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell  9 months ago +3527

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    • Honestly Owain
      Honestly Owain 17 hours ago

      I love the art style for this video.

    • Digstreme McDingus
      Digstreme McDingus 7 days ago

      I did some research and in 2018 us researchers began developing a nanomaterial to turn radiation into electricity.

    • Shega Desta
      Shega Desta 12 days ago

      Adding that Mars is dangerous
      One of its moons named Phobos is on a crash course towards it almost 2x larger than the meteorite that killed the dinosaurs

    • Aloquendiar
      Aloquendiar 19 days ago +1

      If we made an artificial magnetosphere or activate the nucleus perhaps the radiation problem would be reduced perfectly and could make an atmosphere without loss

    • _ TableArmy _
      _ TableArmy _ 22 days ago

      What about a dome instead

  • Rob M
    Rob M 2 hours ago


  • Mateusz Czerniawski
    Mateusz Czerniawski 15 hours ago

    So in other words we can't live on Mars surface, we need to go undeground? That is terrible. How to change metal center of Red Planet?! That is impossible!

  • Christian Lund
    Christian Lund 16 hours ago

    Humans: "Mars is toxic but somehow we will manage to feed everyone."
    Also humans: "Earth is a garden of food but we still can't feed everyone."

  • Christian Lund
    Christian Lund 16 hours ago

    So you're saying we should look to colonise anywhere else. Got it.

  • Title
    Title 18 hours ago

    Well, fuck. Better not ruin this god damned planet we're on then.

  • The Gaming Beaver
    The Gaming Beaver 18 hours ago

    Angry Matt Damon noises

  • chasing Dawn
    chasing Dawn 19 hours ago

    What about a venus base? It has more gravity and a thicker atmosphere. We could even use the same terraforming tech to help out earth.

  • Kalp Ake
    Kalp Ake 21 hour ago

    what about nuking mars? Is it possible? If so then what effects would it have? and How would we do it? Could be good time to get rid of them from earth too!

  • JetDoes
    JetDoes Day ago

    Can we not bioengineer a plant to filter out the toxics of the soil?

  • jstrahan2
    jstrahan2 Day ago

    I see no advantage to colonizing Mars. Besides, colonizing at the level in the video won't be feasible for at least 200 years.

  • Al i
    Al i Day ago

    6:13 sounds like my introverted life lol. Im fine with that
    Edit: As long as I have my videogames and stuff to study ^^

  • Nicoledreamcr
    Nicoledreamcr Day ago

    Being on Mars increases danger of cancer significantly.
    Comrade Dyatlov : Not great not terrible.

  • Docxy
    Docxy Day ago

    ... what if we mine mercury and dump it onto mars until its the size of earth

  • Crow senpai
    Crow senpai Day ago +1

    “It will be gruesome work to establish the infrastructure we need. *But we’re stubborn* “ humanity in a nutshell

  • Sam
    Sam Day ago

    Seems like the first real step is making more robust robotics to mitigate the dust issue.
    Perhaps built in orbital foundries, from harvested astroids.

  • MAX
    MAX Day ago

    do a video about birds

  • Lion Yosef
    Lion Yosef Day ago

    If Elon Musk knows all these problems and yet he still wants to go to mars, then he probably have a solution to all these problems, i think..

  • The Spectosphere

    Should have the base underground

  • IFiguredItOut 999

    What's stopping us from putting a colony on the moon?

  • Wurst Brot
    Wurst Brot Day ago

    why do they dont just dig deep underground since the radiation cant get there (i think at least i dont am a scientist) also storms and mars dust woudlnt be a probem either plus in your own cave you can bring your own dirt that platnts can grow on oxygen also woudlnt be a problem anymore cuz of the plants the only problem would be to dig that hole in the first place

  • hypersonic blabla
    hypersonic blabla 2 days ago

    3:44 why the fuck there is a xenomorph on mars habitat?

  • Meow? Meow.
    Meow? Meow. 2 days ago

    universe: *tries its hardest to be hostile to humans and to keep humans from exploring the universe*
    humans: "try to stop us, lmao"

  • Noahhh
    Noahhh 2 days ago +1

    Why don’t we just move mars into the habits I bleed zone

  • Dinomine Youi
    Dinomine Youi 2 days ago

    Imagine if Mars was like Earth but the natives there long ago nuked it and it became like that.

  • two and a half memes

    you said that there was a moon hub already set up, so give that we shouldnt have to worry about earth not being close enough to help

  • Meme Bean
    Meme Bean 2 days ago

    Nice doom references

  • Little One
    Little One 2 days ago

    Money isn’t a problem not with Elon musk that is.

  • Ashif Mohammed
    Ashif Mohammed 2 days ago

    We use about billions of dollars in space field we can use this to end global hunger

    • Das Die Der Erik
      Das Die Der Erik Day ago

      I mean, if we manage to grow healthy food on fucking Mars, recycling this technology would probably help Earth too.


    Fucking cancer

  • xDog .SoldieRx
    xDog .SoldieRx 3 days ago

    Mark Watney wants to know your location

  • xDog .SoldieRx
    xDog .SoldieRx 3 days ago +1

    The BGM sounds like something I hear while playing MARS on Planetbase

  • DrDress
    DrDress 3 days ago

    3:48. Is that an Alien? I think you made Mars seem inhospitable enough without.

  • Soliel
    Soliel 3 days ago

    use the underground caves

  • Stu B
    Stu B 3 days ago

    It's not gonna happen.

  • Hamish
    Hamish 3 days ago +1

    this gives me faith in humanity

  • Seth Moore
    Seth Moore 3 days ago

    Use fossil fuels and warm that bitch up a bit

  • BlizzPort
    BlizzPort 3 days ago

    So why do we call them oxygen tanks when most of it is nitrogen?

  • Alberto
    Alberto 4 days ago +2

    Are we colonizing mars just for the sake of expansionism? Or does that desertic planet have something worth our while?

    • Meow? Meow.
      Meow? Meow. 2 days ago

      why not both?
      i've played enough civ to know that land is important and that it runs out quickly, so if we get ourselves a whole new planets' worth of land to explore and colonize, imagine the infrastructure that could be built there! so many martian factories, farms, cities, offices, rust mines, and so on could be built on that extra 144 million square kilometers of space.
      and also mars is cool.

  • Another Obsessive One

    Can’t we move to the moon?

  • Lenjo
    Lenjo 4 days ago

    Those videos Hit different when you‘re drunk

  • Adam Sneath
    Adam Sneath 4 days ago

    Is that a Steven Universe reference at 4:56? Bird has Steven’s hair... opens freezer with a pink glow-bracelet inside...

  • Terraria Player113
    Terraria Player113 5 days ago +1

    Imagine every country came together and made Mars earth 2?

    *But then earth 3*

  • Atreides22222
    Atreides22222 5 days ago

    Lol, people be thinking humanity gonna actually make it out of Earth. The human race is too stupid, too short-sighted, too petty. It will die out in the coming climate change, Earth-bound., never once having realized any of its ambitions of space colonization aside from a walk on the moon.

  • TheOneNo20
    TheOneNo20 5 days ago

    Just send machines to do all the work until its fit and ready for human visitation.

  • [Deleted]
    [Deleted] 5 days ago

    What if:
    Deep underground Mars base suing the resources they dug out to help the construction of it.
    With layers of lead to help block radiation and reinforced supports to keep the base from caving in.

  • Mr. SEA
    Mr. SEA 5 days ago

    Solution? Scrap Mars and go to Ceres instead. Cheaper, safer and overall easier to solve problems.

  • Karl Themel
    Karl Themel 6 days ago

    Andy Weir´s novel The Martian did not mention the perchlorides in the Martian regolith. There would need to be a lot of reducing power in freeze-dried human waste!

  • some guy Schmidt
    some guy Schmidt 7 days ago

    Nice doom reference

  • Sloppy Joe Xanadu
    Sloppy Joe Xanadu 7 days ago

    Growing veggies and fruiting crops entirely indoors with only artificial lights? Yeah right. They are going to be eating algae.

  • soldiergigas14
    soldiergigas14 7 days ago

    Because I am watching this, I don't understand why people are so eager build a home on such a planet.

  • Timothy Jenkins
    Timothy Jenkins 7 days ago +2

    Humans: XENOMORPH!!!
    Xenomorph: HISSS!
    Terminator: Destroy all life
    Humans: wut.
    Humans have left the room

  • Silver Spoon
    Silver Spoon 8 days ago

    RIP doomguy.
    let's terraform Venus instead

  • AcidDome
    AcidDome 8 days ago

    Gotta love the title

  • Dima Buchek
    Dima Buchek 8 days ago


  • Cosmickiller 108
    Cosmickiller 108 9 days ago

    When we first evolved we started off with dirt huts, its ironic how we have to do the same but on another planet.

  • Spanish Child
    Spanish Child 9 days ago

    Dude ur amazing and all but are we just ignoring the fact that the world is dying??

  • Simon Flores
    Simon Flores 9 days ago

    really cool Doom and Alien references!

  • Lukeamania
    Lukeamania 9 days ago

    I just want to go to Mars and set up a disc golf course. I don't care about science experiments.

  • robendog
    robendog 9 days ago

    If we can terraform mars why can’t we terraform earth