Scientists say we could start a settlement on Mars with just 22 people

New research indicates that settlement on Mars could start with far fewer settlers than previously expected. The study also looked at what types of personalities are best adapted to a long-term stay on the Red Planet.

The research, conducted by scientists from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, and other institutions, looked at the challenges that might face Martian settlers as they build and maintain a self-sustaining human presence. The research comes as space agencies around the world begin planning for future, long-duration space missions to the Moon and, eventually, the Red Planet.

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