These Groups Want To Settle On Mars By Experimenting With Food And Steel

Two organizations, Food for Mars and Two Planet Steel, are addressing the issues of sustainability and climate change on Earth, while also looking into establishing human settlements on Mars by experimenting with steel and food.

When studying steel, the organizations are observing iron ore separation with no carbon dioxide emissions, which could be used to replace traditional blast furnaces, according to a press release.

"Transitioning from blast furnaces to clean iron ore reduction will really help climate change," Dr. R.M Olsen, founder of Two Planet Steel, said in a statement. "Fortunately, there is a way to implement this transition that will put money and jobs into the U.S. iron and steel industry around the Great Lakes and this U.S. phase can set off a worldwide transition from blast furnaces to clean ore reduction."  

Food growth is also being studied with special sand and dust samples that are similar to those that have been found on Mars by NASA rovers Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity.

The results of the experiments will give a better understanding of life on Mars and more insight into sustainable food and clean iron production on Earth.

The organizations will be sourcing funds for their research on Kickstarter through December.