Self-sufficient Mars colonization
“If the best that we can hope for is to get Matt Damon [star of the recent film “The Martian“] back to Earth alive, then we may have failed miserably in our pursuit of pioneering Mars and achieving Earth Independence,” Moses said.
Extensive ISRU application may offer a solution that allows the Mars pioneers to come back to Earth when and if they want to, he said — “not because they have to.”
The In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) capabilities the article describes are simply fascinating. The future is now.