Water tight is air tight.

Today I was thinking what is the biggest difference between the Mars-one project and my Mars-once interpretation. I concluded that it is that I belief my priority is to secure the living conditions first above the research of the planet. To be independent from machines (instruments) that need to supply the air one need to breath and the vitamins (food and drinks) one need to consume to stay healthy. A varied diet for person’s wellbeing and a place to relax to feel convertible and secure.

When all that is achieved one is in a position to explore and research. Then a person keeps having pleasure in exploration and will probably be more inventive. Like our European ancestors who never returned when they immigrated to e.g. Australia. They first secured their wellbeing before going to have another adventure.

Well, I have promised giving a solution for an Earth-like atmosphere where one sees sunrise and sunset. I call it a ‘Jimmy-hut’ after my first name and the pleasure many people find in ‘hut’. E.g. ‘Pizza Hut’ or a hut as a retreat for children in the forest. Let me try to explain the Jimmy-hut through the title above: ‘Water tight is air tight’.

See for that my fish pond below:

There are two ways to build a pond. The first one is by making it from armed concrete (or a grid with plaster) and then ‘paint’ it by an epoxy emulsion to make it water tight. Yet concrete (let it be armed or a grid made from iron ) you don’t have on Mars. The epoxy emulsion is easy to take with you on any expedition, but as long as one has no concrete or plaster, it’ll be useless.

Then the second solution, how I built the pond, is to create a water tight ‘bath’ by a big plastic or rubber sheet and an insulation blanket under it. The most suitable option for Mars, as long as we don’t know the structure of its soil and the materials that are available to make something water- or airtight. Beside that plastic sheets weigh much lighter and are therefore easier to transport and work with than bags of cement and iron grids to make armed concrete.

My concept below is the lightest form of constructing, as well as least voluminous in materials you need to bring from Earth, for creating a Jimmy-hut. An Earth-like atmosphere on Mars. Volume and weight are our enemies on these long trips to other planets. Like air pressure, or the lack of it, is our enemy on Mars. The reason to make everything airtight where human want to walk in casual clothes is of course that the accommodation need to be pressurized till 0.8 to 1 bar. Where Mars’s surface pressure is less than 0.01 bar.

See the Jimmy-hut draft of my concept here below:

Most of the structure is well protected under ground level. I do realize this draft, as any, may not be instantly clear to everyone. I’ll explain it in detail next time. However, not before giving a draft showing the complete Earth-like ‘picture’ of this structure that will be a mere 30 meters long in the beginning. Thus covering 300 square meters only. Needless making it bigger as people need to know if it fulfills the expectations in the first place. However, it is a concept that theoretically can be created much bigger when it answers all criteria.

The three dimensional draft with a length of 30 meters:

How idyllic the trees and fish pond.

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The goal to go for

Being on Mars for your whole future is making sure you won’t regret the step you made. You need a place for retreat and a joy for life.  A security for the rest of your life and who knows that of your children. You don’t want to make achievements for yourself without the knowledge to be able to pass your wisdom through. You are after all a human being and want to pass your knowledge through the next generation. You are not a guinea pig to be ignored by people on Earth from whom you may never hear again once their interest in Mars disappear. You are going to find and create an environment for yourself, your future and your children’s future. You are going to recreate an Earth like situation into your habitat. Yet you don’t know how but it should look like in the picture. I call it a Jimmy-hut. In the next chapters I’ll give an idea how to create such an environment.

A retreat where one can have a hen house and where you can walk around freely. Where you breath natural air supplied by fruit trees while sitting along the pond filled with delicious fish. A location where you can feel at home because it is like home.

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Research for the impossible

The more I study about the conditions on Mars, the more respect I have for the research already done. ‘Mars one‘ has made a thorough research. They know what expectations and challenges the astronauts to be, have to take. However Mars one, according to me, does not realize all the consequences enough. They do not realize what it is sending people to ‘prison’ for the rest of their lives. Neither, I ask myself, do the astronauts realize the decision they’ll make for the rest of their whole life.

I myself immigrated twice and do know very well the consequences of relocating once nest. In the beginning it is an enthusiastic and adventurous idea which, although very well calculated, does not need to end the way you hope it ends. Especially when changing your planet for another one from where there is no retreat, so much other than in my case, one may fall in despair when ‘things’ don’t work out on the long term. A despair what happens to all immigrants at one point, but then there is always someone to let you understand how relative your location is. Anyhow when absolute despair and/or longing for home is present, how difficult it may be, there is always a way to return on Earth. The question is whether these astronauts realizes or even know these  problems on the long term as well as those who sent them?

There is an absolute need to recreate an earth-home with trees supplying oxygen other than a machine. Eating meat, eggs and bread. Not soya extracted surrogates looking like these. Relax under a full growing Earth-like tree. Looking how Newton’s apple falls from it. Then Making conclusions. The absolute need is for a ‘Jimmy-hut’, however also that is relative.

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The ‘Mars one – project‘ wants everyone to believe that the people they’ll sent live in a, what I call, research centre alike the picture here below. Mars one’s own picture and for  that their own representation.


The ‘storerooms’ covered by soil they built behind their living units in which they also landed on the planet, are covered (inflated) greenhouses where they grow their organic food. It’ll be a pure vegetarian life where research is the main object.

Belief me that I am willing to go to a lengthy extend when it concerns research and especially when it concerns exploring a new planet. However at some point in time I’d like to retread and do my own things. Having a vacation or simply feeling somewhat at home. For extensive research people can be caught for several, say five, years. They’ll be extraordinary enthusiastic and willing to take many consequences, however one day they’ll need their environment to cope with daily living and thoughts about their future.

The intension of the ‘Mars one – project‘ is to send people for the rest of their lives to a strange world called Mars. Most likely they’ll never have the possibility ever returning to Earth. One cannot expect these people need to be imprisoned for the rest of their lives in the medium they entered the planet. Especially when people on Earth start to understand what live on Mars is all about and loose interest in further research of that planet. That will happen. Curiosity has a limited time. Then these ‘uninteresting souls’ stroll on Mars asking for acknowledgements while Earth’s interests are further afield.

One (=Mars – one) has to make it attractive for the people on Earth, and especially for the people on Mars itself, to be there. To create an environment where it is plausible to live, sacrifice if you want to use that word, without losing too much of your known values of life. Or in other words One needs to create an atmosphere where retreat as well as research is important. A necessity is that One creates an Earth-like situation where besides organic food, flowers, trees, grass, goats, fish and chickens are part of daily ordinary life. Only then One is able to create a sustainable form of life on foreign planets and commercially attractive enough to support the whole project.

Here below a not very well succeeded picture how an Earth-like situation exists on Mars. A futuristic picture far from realistically possible because I also know very well that the barometer on Mars shows that blood boils on ground level. So the picture below cannot automatically be taken for granted as ‘things’ need to be adopted. It is possible but not as easy as it looks like.

In the next topic, Earth nature on Mars, I’d like to ‘invent’ possibilities creating an Earth like atmosphere on the red planet. Image

Goats in a ‘Greenhouse’

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I call this new blog ‘Mars once’ instead of ‘Mars one’ which already exists. I do support the ideas of the ‘Mars one – project’ getting people to Mars. The idea commercializing it to finance this huge project sounds alright to me. However, I am sure there are factors playing a mayor role where I am not sure the organization of ‘Mars one’ realizes the consequences or simply underestimated these.

This blog, Mars once, will be related to ‘Mars one‘. Mars once tries to enlighten views, difficulties and easy underestimations that may occur in the near future.

 Mars once is my own initiative and has not the approval but has the knowledge of the ‘Mars one – project’. The reason why I use the word ‘once’ instead of ‘one’ is because I believe mankind will create a settlement on Mars, however for me it doesn’t need to be as soon as 2023 which is the goal of ‘Mars one’. People should first thoroughly calculate the possibilities and last but not least the enormous consequences.

 Hopefully with reader’s help we may be of some support and advice for the ‘Mars one – project’. That is my goal.

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