Needed Articles

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This is the global collection of articles that are needed by Marspedia and shall be a guide for authors, who want to start new articles without knowing which direction to go.


Mars Planetary Science

  • List of Mars Calendars
  • List of Mars Meteorites on Earth (including Age and Minerology Type)
  • Observing Mars with a Telescope
  • Mars' Orbital Position
  • The Goldilocks Zone
  • Phobos
  • Deimos
  • Telling Time on Mars
  • What are the different topologies on Mars?
  • Global dust storms
  • Dust devils
  • Upper atmosphere chemical processes
  • What do the differences in gravity show us?
  • Reflectance and emission spectroscopy
  • Mineral identification from satellite, balloon, and aircraft carried instruments
  • Multispectral and thermal infrared imaging
  • Geological processes that have shaped Mars
  • What minerals could be mined on Mars?
  • Mineral spatial distribution
  • Subsurface water or ice deposits
  • Surface ice at poles
  • Glaciers

Mars Spacecraft/Robotic Missions

  • Mars Spacecraft/Robotic Missions. An overview which could cover:
    • explanation of the general utility of unmanned missions.
    • overview of scientific data collection, transmission, and interpretation
    • examples of current and planned instruments
    • comparison of orbital vs lander vs robotic mission types
  • Search for life:  the search for past or present life on Mars, which could cover topics such as: the 'follow the water' strategy, the subsurface search strategy, instruments that can be used on-site, and DNA/RNA analysis chips.
  • Spectrography for resource mapping:  resolution of spectrographic images and multispectral identification of minerals.
  • Multimission timelines and sequences.
  • Orbital mechanics, which could cover Hohmann transfer orbits (existing information on the Orbits page under Planetary Sciences could be moved here) and aerocapture orbits. 
  • Earth-Mars cyclers
  • Propulsion:  could include sections on chemical propellants, nuclear thermal rockets, and ion propulsion.
  • Power systems:  nuclear power, solar mirrors, solar PE systems, and wind power (surface and aloft).
  • Communication:  Mars-to-Earth communication systems, equitorial stationary satellites, and GPS-like systems, laser systems.
  • Instruments:  for example, miniaturized chemical/molecular ID systems.
  • Emerging technologies:  for example, advanced sensing, AI autonomy, 3D printing of complex geometries, self-replicating macines, hybrid machine-enhanced biologics.
  • Exploration missions:  master list organized chronologically and noting key instruments.
  • Orbital missions:  overview including highlights of imagery, spectroscopy, and communications capabilities.
  • Lander missions:  overview including atmospheric seasonal measurements, subsurface drilling and chemical analysis, and planned missions.
  • Robotic exploration:  overview including discussion of degrees of autonomy, power source options (solar vs RTG), and regolith sampling and analysis.

Mars Human Exploration

  • Transport options
  • Habitats
  • Rovers
  • Helicopters
  • Mars Direct rockets
  • Reverse thrust rockets
  • Parachute-assisted descent vehicles
  • Methane-oxygen rockets
  • Aerology and minerology mapping
  • Hybrid hard shell EVA suits
  • Skin-tight mechanical counterpressure suits
  • Funding: International, national, and commercial
  • Human factors in crew selection
  • Radiation protection: in transit and for exploration missions
  • Physical fitness for exploration missions
  • Health effects of microgravity
  • Psychological stressors in transit
  • Medical training for exploration teams
  • Medical equipment for exploration teams
  • Water
  • Oxygen from CO2 atmosphere
  • Organic chemicals and fuel from atmosphere
  • Exploration and science in simulated marssuits
  • Long-duration missions
  • Human factors studies

Mars Human Settlement

Settlement facilities

  • Inter-settlement transportation
  • Exploration rovers and rover assistants
  • Falcon Heavy for nonhuman payloads
  • Big Falcon Rocket for human/nonhuman payloads
  • CO2 scrubbers (chemical or biological)
  • Biosystems to maintain 02/CO2 ratio
  • Distribution of water (liquid and ice) on Mars
  • Impurities in water on Mars
  • Size and specialization of settlements
  • Manufactured products
  • Architecture of buildings
  • Wheeled vs. railed surface transportation
  • Will Martians eat meat?
  • How will the Martians communicate across the planet?
  • Total thermal energy need per capita
  • Total electrical need per capita
  • 100% Mars-sourced food production
  • Crop choices influenced by ability to thrive in Mars environments
  • The listing and timing of materials produced from Mars resources
  • Additive manufacture (incl. 3D printing)
  • Will individual settlements establish their own societal rules?
  • Who owns Mars?
  • Mars, LEO, Moon trade triangle
  • Increase in pressure needed to allow standing liquid pure water on surface
  • Increase in surface temperature to partially melt polar ice caps

Mars Outreach

  • Mars Society chapters
  • Mars Society conferences
  • MDRS crews
  • Mars Society projects
  • Mars Society goals
  • Mars Foundation: About the organization
  • Mars Homestead Project history
  • Hillside Settlement
  • Plains Settlement
  • About Marspedia
  • The Goals of Marspedia

Mars Arts and Literature

  • chronology of Mars Science Fiction
  • lists of Mars Science Fiction by plot-line focus
  • list of book sources for Mars facts, history, etc.
  • List of Plays
  • List of Movies
  • List of Documentaries
  • List of TV Series
  • List of Science Fiction Movies
  • List of Music
  • List of Computer Games
  • List of Board Games
  • Accuracy of depiction of Mars in popular culture