Terraformed Mars map with cities

Terraformed Mars map without cities.

Before humanity even knew what the stars were, we dreamed of visiting Mars. The bright red light in the sky has always held a particular fascination for our species, and now we can finally call it home. Mars was once very much like Earth, but since then the atmosphere has thinned, the water has been hidden away, and unfortunately, all life has long since disappeared. Begin by thickening the atmosphere and warming up the planet, and then you can set about reintroducing water, and eventually life.

About[edit | edit source]

Mars is the fourth planet from the sun in our solar system and the second smallest, and a prime candidate for colonization by humans because of its decent temperatures, frozen water, and small atmosphere. Mars doesn't possess extreme temperatures like Venus or Pluto, and is a rocky planet and has an area for humans to walk on.

2 moons orbit Mars: Deimos and Phobos, which can be colonized in the late game. To do this, make sure you aren't on Beginner Mode since satellites aren't available in that mode, then build a spaceport and head to the satellites to find Phobos and Deimos listed as natural satellites that you can build habs on.

Mars is one of the first planets the player can colonize. It is one of the five free planets in the game. After you've completed Mars on Beginner Mode, you can create a new save to try beating it on harder modes, or try out biospheres.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Mars has a cold climate and virtually no atmosphere and a little bit of oxygen. However, because it has frozen water, terraforming Mars at the beginning can be quite easy. Raising the temperature of the planet melts the ice on the planet and causes sea levels and water levels to go up, therefore you could be killing two birds with one stone. Oxygen and Pressure will have to be made artificially, and you need a boost for the water so be sure to research all water sciences as well, or alternatively, place a few hab domes to increase water levels.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Mars was once like Earth, but as Mars' habitability ended in a bow shock, Earth's was about to begin. With some terraforming, Mars will be habitable once more, with adequate greenhouse gases as well.
  • In reality, the pressure and water is so low that water cannot exist in a liquid form, and will sublimate into vapor if the temperature is above 283K (10°C)
  • In real life Mars has a very small amount of liquid water, which is mostly located in cold regions. The water becomes liquid only in shadows, and only during the day. At night all liquid water is frozen.
  • Mars' moons Phobos and Deimos have probably been captured by Mars' gravity. But it's only a hypothesis.
  • Phobos is now getting closer to Mars - in about 40 million years it will be destroyed, and Mars will get a new ring. But Deimos is now escaping from Mars like Earth's Moon

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