Simply 22 individuals are wanted to colonize Mars — so long as they’re the fitting persona kind, examine claims

Solely 22 individuals are wanted to create a colony on Mars, an optimistic new examine suggests. Nevertheless, not everybody agrees, and a few specialists suppose many extra folks could be wanted to create a long-lasting human presence on the Purple Planet.

Within the examine, which was uploaded to the pre-print database arXiv on Aug. 11 and has not been peer-reviewed, researchers used a pc program, referred to as an agent-based mannequin (ABM), to foretell how many individuals could be wanted to maintain a colony on Mars. ABMs simulate how nicely teams react to difficult eventualities primarily based on their persona varieties.

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