In 2017, Elon Musk laid out his grand sweeping plans for the future of SpaceX, the company that would take humanity to Mars. Over decades, tens of thousands of Starship flights would carry a million human beings to the surface of the Red Planet, the minimum Musk expects it’ll take to create a self-sustaining civilization.
Of all the technologies we’ll need to master for anyone to live on Mars, let alone a million human beings, food might actually be one of the biggest challenges.
Martians are going to need to produce their food locally. And that means harnessing everything at their disposal on the Red Planet, using the latest technology of food production to keep everyone fed.