Illustration by Jason Treat, NGM Staff, and Dylan Cole

Sources: Robert Braun, Georgia Institute of Technology; NASA/JPL

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An illustration shows what a sustainable human presence might look like on Mars.

Illustration by Jason Treat, NGM Staff, and Dylan Cole

Sources: Robert Braun, Georgia Institute of Technology; NASA/JPL

We need to change the way we talk about space exploration

Building a sustainable human presence on other worlds should be open to all. Comparing the journey to violent conquest doesn't help.