Mars is a long ways away, and this is probably premature to say the least, but groups willing to colonise the Red Planet are already forming, some more credible than others:
(PC Mag) — The successful completion of the SpaceX mission to the International Space Station, as well as the ongoing developments at Virgin Galactic have apparently set off a trend. Despite the enormous difficulty and expense related to space travel, a Dutch group has announced plans to set up a small living station on Mars by 2023.
The group effort, dubbed Mars One, is led by Bas Lansdorp, a researcher from the Netherlands with a Masters in Science from Delft University of Technology. The plan is to send a communications satellite to the planet by 2016 and after several stages finally land humans on Mars for permanent settlement in 2023.
I’m an optimistic guy when to comes to space travel and exploration. But even I see Martian colonies as 50 years away before we can even begin. Plus a lot of things would have to go right to make that date, in my opinion.
And if that ever does happen, the ideal colonist wouldn’t necessarily be a big athletic European. If I was going to pick a group based solely on physical characteristics, sans genetic engineering, it would be itty-bitty Ecuadorian or Tibetan natives, predominantly female simply because they’re smaller on average. Tiny people with dark adapted to UV, and big lungs for thin, cold dry air, and a tradition of minimalist lifestyles would be the ticket.