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Further: Jeffrey Hoffman

3 minutes

Could we make a home on Mars? It would be a very unique psychological situation

Travelling to and eventually colonising Mars could be humanity’s best chance of longterm survival. But the opportunity to live on a new planet would come with unprecedented challenges – some predictable, some unforeseeable. In this animation-punctuated interview, the former NASA astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman elaborates on several challenges we would face in making Mars our home, including the vast psychological burden on early settlers, and the extraordinary task of making the harsh Martian landscape habitable. 

Director: Stuart Langfield, Vinny Verma

Producer: Marco Patricio

Website: StuartLangfield.com

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