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PEOPLE who eventually make it to Mars could create a whole new specie fit to live there.
With plans like Elon Musk’s to eventually colonise the Red Planet, human settlers will need to adapt to the new environment.
One wild theory some speculate could happen is a brand new species, mixing genetic modification and cyborg techniques.
Space explorers will need to wait a few centuries before such human enhancements are available though.
“I think we’re going to want to regulate all that sort of thing on Earth but the pioneers on Mars they will have every incentive to adapt themselves because they’re very badly adapted to Mars,” Professor Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, told The Sun.
“Whereas we are well adapted to the Earth by evolution and so they will use all these techniques to try and adapt themselves better to a Martian environment.
“If you look very far ahead then these crazy people on Mars may be the precursor of a new species and then develop further.”
There are many things Mars lacks that Earthlings need.
For example, there is oxygen but not nearly enough for us to roam around and breathe as we do here.
Anyone who dares to venture out to Mars will also have to deal with the effects of space in general.
The long journey alone is known to wreck havoc on our bodies, due to low gravity and radiation.
Even in the 60s and 70s during the first Apollo space flights we got an idea of the impact to astronauts’ muscles and bones.
After eight days in orbit, they had to be pulled out of the landing capsule on return because they were so weak.
Nowadays, astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) do a lot of special exercises when aboard, though many still get back pain when they come back to Earth.
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