As NASA sets its sights on Mars, officials say they plan to establish an outpost on Mars. This outpost, according to NASA, will serve as a temporary accommodation for astronauts.
It will not, despite some discussion suggesting as much, stand as a permanent colony. That addition to Mars, according to Chief Exploration Scientist Ben Bussey, is “a long way down the road. No one’s thinking of, on the NASA side, like a permanent human base.”
Bussey works in NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. He described this Martian outpost further:
“The idea here is that you would have your exploration zone that you set up for the first crew…And that crew would leave, and then you send another crew at the next good launch opportunity. So it isn’t permanently occupied, but it is visited multiple times.”
You can read a whole lot more about the potential colonization of Mars in the source below at Space.com. We won’t be setting foot on Mars until the late 2020s or early 2030s.