Welcome to your new home on MARS! Stunning drawings reveal what the red planet could look like if we colonised it


Swedish concept artist Ville Ericsson has revealed his amazing drawings of a futuristic colony on Mars

When humans first ventured into space in the 1960s, many thought that by the 21st century we would have at least landed people on Mars, and possibly even colonized it.

But while those dreams haven’t materialized just yet, it hasn’t stopped visionaries from imagining what a human colony on the red planet might look like in the future.

And these beautiful illustrations are no different, revealing cities encased in glass and climbers on a huge Martian volcano, as a space station orbits overhead.

The drawings were created by Ville Ericsson, a 26-year-old concept artist and illustrator from Stockholm, Sweden.

They envision a future Mars that has not only been colonized, but partially terraformed – turned Earth-like – as well.

Mr Ericsson’s drawings show huge transparent domes with cities inside, and also plants and grass growing on the ground.

Domes have been suggested as a good structure to use on Mars, as they can be built fairly large while remaining intact, and withstand the low-pressure Martian environment.

Inside the pressurized dome, people can walk about without the need for a spacesuit, as shown in one of the images.

In the drawings a team of climbers are also seen scaling the side of Olympus Mons, the largest volcano not only on the red planet, but in the solar system as well.

Olympus Mons is 25 miles (16km) high, three times the height of Mount Everest, and about 374 miles (624km) across, roughly the size of France.

Two other images show a space station in orbit around the red planet, bearing some similarities to the ISS. The large modular-like structure has solar panels to provide power, in addition to large fuel tanks, while a rotating section provides artificial gravity for the crew on board.

Scientific studies have shown that growing crops in Martian soil shouldn’t be a problem. In the drawings it is suggested that, inside a large dome, vegetation could take hold to partially terraform the surface

Here climbers are seen making their way up Olympus Mons, the biggest volcano in the solar system. Olympus Mons is 25 miles (16km) high, three times the height of Mount Everest, and about 374 miles (624km) across, roughly the size of France


Owing to the orbits of Earth and Mars, there are specific windows of opportunity when missions can take place.

Our planets come as close to each other as 33.9 million miles (54.6 million km), but can be as distant as 250 million miles (400 million km).

For this reason spacecraft to Mars, such as the Curiosity rover, have to launch in certain windows when the planets are aligned.

The next window is open from January 2016 to April 2016, and will see the launch of two more missions to the red planet.

For a future manned mission, they will need to launch out in one of the windows and return in another.

Just getting there will take up to nine months. The astronauts will then be there waiting for a year until they can come back, again taking up to nine months – a total of around three years.

This drawing shows a space station orbiting the red planet, bearing some similarities to the ISS. Large cylindrical fuel tanks are at the bottom, while solar panels extend into space to gather sunlight

See also: Final 100 Candidates Selected for One-Way Trip to Mars

‘The idea of starting fresh on another planet really compels me,’ said Mr Ericsson. ‘It would mean a chance for us humans to learn from our mistakes as a society and use our collective knowledge to build something beautiful.

‘Technologically it would be extremely difficult; Mars doesn’t have an active core, so there’s no magnetosphere to protect the surface from solar radiation, which means that it’s an incredibly dangerous place, but Mars is still one of the best shots we have at colonizing another planet.’

The subject of landing humans on Mars has gained a lot of traction in recent years, and Nasa is currently working towards the goal of landing humans there in the 2030s.

It is likely they will enlist the help of other national agencies such as Esa, while private companies like SpaceX and Bigelow Aerospace have also stated their desire to be involved in a Mars mission.

A rotation section on the station, seen at the bottom here, would provide an artificial gravity environment for the crew on board. An astronaut is also seen on a spacewalk, heading into one of the modules

Here an explorer is seen in a somewhat primitive spacesuit. Exactly what astronauts will wear on Mars is not yet finalized, with Nasa testing a number of prototypes that will make future excursions on the surface possible

The building of Nasa’s giant Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is already underway, which will take humans and the equipment they need to Mars.

The agency has also developed the spacecraft that will take them to and from Earth – Orion – as well as the sophisticated heat shield that will enable the astronauts to pass through the Martian atmosphere, called the low-density supersonic decelerator (LDSD).

Of course, these early missions will pale in comparison to the colonies envisioned by Mr Ericsson, but perhaps one day there will be fully-fledged colonies on Mars, and they might not look too dissimilar.

Nasa is already underway building the giant Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will take humans and the equipment they need to Mars, with the goal of landing humans on the red planet in the 2030s

See also: Top 10 breathtaking Mars pics taken from orbit


Find us here

Get news from the CSGLOBE in your inbox each weekday morning

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors/source and do not necessarily reflect the position of CSGLOBE or its staff.

Paid content

The 10 Biggest Dangers Posed By Future Technology

It’s not easy predicting the future of technology. In the fifties it seemed a pretty much foregone conclusion that by 2015 we would all...

Harvard Study Proves Why The Bees Are All Disappearing

The human race is really starting to feel the consequences of their actions. One area we are waking up to is the massive amount...

Did we discover “Alien technology” and reverse-engineer it?

A lot of people have wondered ever since the first reported UFO crash, if we had come into contact with Alien technology. Highly advanced technology...

What's New Today

Georgia House Votes To Allow Citizens To Abolish Police Departments In The State

The Georgia House backed an effort on Friday to dissolve the Glynn County Police Department and any...

Leaked CDC document contradicts Pence claim that U.S. coronavirus cases ‘have stabilized’

Even as Vice President Mike Pence wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Tuesday that coronavirus...

Five bombshells about Trump from Bolton ‘s book

Excerpts from former national security adviser John Bolton ’s book about his time in the Trump administration...

Don’t Listen to Fox. Here’s What’s Really Going On in Seattle’s Protest Zone.

It seems I live in a city undergoing a “totalitarian takeover” that will lead to “fascist outcomes”...


What Is Agenda 21? Depopulation of 95% of the World By 2030

Most people are unaware that one of the greatest threats to their freedom may be a United Nations program which plans to depopulate 95%...

Putin has Banned Rothschild and His New World Order Banking Cartel Family from Entering Russian Territory

As of recently, Russian president Vladimir Putin took yet another decision for his country. "Under any circumstances", the Rothschild family is banned from entering Russian territory. Along...

Alien Base for Giants Discovered in the Bucegi Mountains

In the summer of 2003, in an unexplored area of the Bucegi Mountains, a team from Zero Department (a top secret section of the...

The 10 Biggest Dangers Posed By Future Technology

It’s not easy predicting the future of technology. In the fifties it seemed a pretty much foregone conclusion that by 2015 we would all...


Europa is the fourth largest of Jupiter's moons. Like Io, Callisto and Ganymede, it was discovered by Galileo and the German astronomer Simon Marius...

Say cheese! Hubble telescope captures extraterrestrial smiley face

The Hubble spotted this smiley face in space Pictures of space get a lot of smiles around here, but it's pretty rare for one of...

‘Billions’ of stars in Milky Way have planets that could contain liquid water and life

Most stars in the galaxy have planets in the habitable zone, according to new research The Milky Way galaxy may be home to billions of...

List of 30 Top Environmental Concerns

Top 30 environmental concerns the Earth is currently facing From water pollution to global warming, environmental issues affect every person, animal, community, and nation on...

What the Media Isn’t Telling You About The Chemical Attack in Syria

On Tuesday, yet another chemical weapons attack occurred in Syria. This particular attack took place in the Idlib province, and dozens have reportedly died...

Pence: U.S. Ready to Use ‘Overwhelming’ Force in Response to North Korea

Keeping in lockstep with the “evil North Korea” narrative, Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that if Kim Jong-un decides to attack a neighboring...

Karma: Not The “Mainstream” Version – The Real One

Karma is a concept taught by various cultures throughout human history, and is an idea that dates back thousands of years. Despite its proliferance, the...