Creating babies on Mars might lead to new species of humans
A new study highlights the challenges and implications of human sexuality.

Tyler MacDonald | 4 hours ago

With more researchers looking to Mars for colonization, a new study focused on potential issues surroundingsexual reproduction on the Red Planet.

"Unfortunately, such an endeavour comes with titanic challenges in various disciplines, from space travel technology to medical, biological, social and ethical challenges," the researchers wrote. "We assume that human reproduction in a Mars settlement will be necessary for the long-term success of an outer-space mission."

The team of researchers hypothesized that if human do successfully give birth in space, it could lead to the creation of a new species due to the unique circumstances on Mars compared to those on Earth. Although they are optimistic about humans reproducing on Mars, they highlight some challenges that we might face.

The biggest is the planet's gravity, which is roughly one-third that of Earth. This could decrease the chances of successful pregnancy, and research suggests that prolonged time in space can alter human biological makeup.

In addition, the increased levels of solar radiation on Mars could decrease male sperm count.

Although more research is necessary to come to any definitive conclusions, the team behind the current study believe that the aforementioned challenges could increase "the risks of infection-induced abortions and facilitate the dissemination of diseases among pregnant and non-pregnant individuals."

The findings were published in the journal Futures.

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