Recent changes in the air strongly suggest that we are going to Mars to colonize. But we are not going to colonize Mars because we can make a lot of money in Mars real estate and we are not going because colonization will make an exciting reality show for TV. We are going to colonize Mars because it is the next step in developing a space-faring civilization. As Elon Musk has said: “There’ a fundamental difference, if you look into the future, between a humanity that’s out there exploring the stars…compared with one where we are forever confined to Earth until some eventual extinction event.”

As lifelong advocates of space exploration, we see NASA and SpaceX developing the giant rockets that will take us to Mars in the near future. We also see plans for landing on the surface of the planet and setting up an exploration mission. But after stepping down from the Mars Colonial Transport, what’s next? What we don’t see is an assembly of well-tested devices and equipment for setting up a colony. Above ail; we don’t see a set of detailed instructions for colonists to follow in carrying out a colonization plan.

This website was established to help NASA and SpaceX by developing a handbook for colonists. When NASA or SpaceX lay down a plan, we will incorporate it as our own. However, where the exact procedure is not yet determined, we will specify a construction strategy and the equipment needed to carry it out. By coincidence the author has compiled a lifetime of blue-collar and white-collar careers that allow him to visualize what is required to set up a Mars colony and to employ the necessary equipment.

Please incorporate these ideas into your own plans; they are not patented. If we propose an idea in error we will throw it out and revise the handbook. Critique the handbook; you will make it better.

Then press “go” for launch!

Roy Paul (IonMars)

July 2014