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Mummies on Mars: What Happens to Dead People on the Red Planet

Living on Mars – death is one of them. (Image: Dotted Yeti / Shutterstock.com)
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Should there ever be a colony on Mars, sooner or later the question of what happens to possible corpses would also arise. They would probably not rot.

With a colonization of Mars, as it is planned for the next decades , it is first about how people eat there. Scientists have therefore been researching so-called astro agriculturals for years. Most recently, a research team found that adding bacteria could make the Martian soil more fertile. But what happens to the corpses of the first deceased Mars settlers: inside? The scientists ask themselves this question as well.

Corpses are not allowed to rot on Mars

Bacteria also play a role in the decomposition of corpses and the conversion into biomass on earth, as well as mushrooms, insects and other animals. These do not exist on Mars – as far as we know so far. Therefore, corpses should not rot on Mars, regardless of whether they are deposited on the Martian surface or buried under Martian rock, as US forensic scientist Melissa Connor explains in Astronomy magazine.

An important factor for the putrefaction is according to the scientists: inside also the temperature. On Mars it is between minus four and minus 96 degrees Celsius, on average it is minus 63 degrees Celsius. At these temperatures, even bacteria in the body would not be able to contribute to a breakdown of the body and the decomposition would be stopped. The almost complete lack of oxygen – only 0.16 percent of the Martian atmosphere is made up of it – also plays a role. Most (aerobic) bacteria in the human body depend on it.

Mars mummies: freezing cold and no Oxygen

According to Connor, the Mars is most likely to transform the deceased into mummies, reminiscent of bog corpses on earth. The lack of oxygen is also responsible for their development, as the future zone writes. According to forensic scientist Connor, human bodies on Mars would likely dry up after death. The Mars mummies are likely to remain stable indefinitely. Cremation of those who died on Mars in crematoria or sending the corpses back to Earth are unlikely to be an alternative, at least at the beginning of the colonization on Mars, for financial and logistical reasons.

According to forensic scientist Nicholas Passalacqua, however, one could consider burying the bodies of the deceased in an environment with earth-like conditions and organisms such as a greenhouse, where they would then be decomposed. Another possibility, according to Passalacqua in the magazine Astronomy, would be that the anaerobic bacteria, i.e. those that do not need oxygen, adapt to the Martian environment and decompose the body.

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