[MarsHome] 4Frontiers Corporation Press Release

Joseph E. Palaia, IV jpalaia at MIT.EDU
Tue Sep 6 00:07:54 EDT 2005

September 6, 2005	

Barbara Preslock - 4Frontiers Marketing Manager
Phone: 727-845-4011  Fax: 727-845-4113 Email: Media at 4Frontiers.com

4Frontiers Corporation To Establish First Mars Settlement

Cambridge, MA - The 4Frontiers Corporation (www.4Frontiers.com), today
announces its plan for the first permanent habitation on another planet,
revealing technical and social aspects of establishing an initial human
settlement on Mars. The bold plan is based in part on the work of the Mars
Foundation (www.MarsHome.org) but will be carried out within an expansive
4Frontiers business plan. 4Frontiers is actively engaging with space
transportation, technical, policy and financial partners to develop the
systems and technologies needed to establish this new branch of
civilization. The business plan also calls for the establishment of a
revolutionary Mars Settlement Outreach and Research Center, here on Earth,
to advance these efforts. 

While a number of companies have set their sites on advancements in getting
to Mars, few have laid out plans with technical reality and actual designs
to quickly and affordably establish settlement.  For example, Elon Musk of
Space Exploration Technologies (www.SpaceX.com),  is developing the
human-rated Falcon 5 launcher, and has plans to develop a super-heavy lift
rocket as part of a strategy to get to Mars. However, "4Frontiers is
positioned to be the leader in actual "on-the-ground" settlement housing,
life support, and industrial technology," said Mark Homnick, CEO of
4Frontiers. "We have utilized detailed knowledge of the planet and the
extensive know-how of our technical team to develop a plan for a small but
sustainable settlement, leveraging use of locally derived materials," said
Joseph Palaia, VP of Research & Development.

A settlement on Mars would translocate the human genome to another planet
effectively creating a new Biosphere. While it may take "rocket science" to
get to Mars, once there "The lessons learned from large scale closed
systems, such as Biosphere 2, a project supported by billionaire Ed Bass,
have demonstrated a clear path for small-scale sustainability and offer
critical elements for a Mars based ecologically sustainable settlement,"
said Bruno D.V. Marino, a consultant to 4Frontiers and former Director of
Science and Research at Biosphere 2. 4Frontiers has already begun extensive
research programs covering in-situ manufacturing of building materials,
extraction of oxygen and water, and the establishment of Martian ecosystems
to produce diverse food crops. The company plans to unveil additional
research and development programs in the near future.

4Frontiers is making strides in establishing a Mars Settlement Research and
Outreach Center. "This unique facility will serve as a nexus for space
technology development and consultancy, focused initially on technologies
having commonality with those needed both for Mars settlement and for the
President's Moon Mars Initiative," said Bruce Mackenzie, 4Frontiers VP and
Director of the Mars Foundation. The 25,000 sq foot facility, assuming the
form of a full-scale replica of the actual first settlement, will provide
the public an unprecedented glimpse of life on the early Mars frontier, and
will allow the public to interact with scientists and engineers who will be
turning this vision into reality. 4Frontiers is presently in negotiations
with a number of agencies, investigating the possibility of locating this
facility in New Mexico, Central Florida or Colorado. 

More information about 4Frontiers is available at www.4Frontiers.com.

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