Building a Marsbase is a Horrible Idea: Let’s do it!

  • Published: 03 February 2019
  • To support Kurzgesagt and learn more about Brilliant, go to and sign up for free. The first 688 people that go to that link will get 20% off the annual Premium subscription.
    Get your Mars Base Poster here:
    Humans love to explore. Strangely enough even horrible places - like Mars. Let’s see how building a Mars base could work and how insanely nerve-wracking exactly it would be.
    Sources & Further Reading:
    Support us on Patreon so we can make more videos (and get cool stuff in return):
    The Voice of Kurzgesagt:
    Steve Taylor:
    The music of the video here:
    THANKS A LOT TO OUR LOVELY PATRONS FOR SUPPORTING US:Alberto, Rain Babauta, michael mckinnie, Zabeer Hossain, Patrick Belfry, GeF, Jaden Lem, Cathulhu, Clement Kuo, Kinga Stroińska, Guido Jossels, Damon Bradley, Filip Cerny, Sebastian Kroll, Foxyboxes, Karsten Müller-Bier, Geoff French, Solara570, Aaron Massey, Lee Pomelie, Joel TJ, Maurice Nilles, Joseph Hutchins, Jaski, Ben Lutz, Lukas Zivny, Joonas Javanainen, Will Watts, Gardan, Jorge Pérez, MadByte, Stephen Grose, Nikolas Heberer, Kirby Glover, xhantus404, Benjamin Chalker, ParallaxCore, Turtle, Tom Hutton, Nico Meyer, Anthony Pardini-Bielecki, Laura Starkey, Jai Fox, Victor Hernandez, Ainsley, Revan Tair, Maciej Brzyski, Teemu Leisti, Miguel Diaz, Xierumeng, berk ozdilek, Damien Cassan-Barnel, Michael Kretzschmar, Angelos Manousaridis, Nicolas Molin, Christiaan Magre, onno424, bugcaptor, Aidan Rooney, Marcos Garcia, Chris Thompson, Colm Foley, Ramsey Elbasheer

    Help us caption & translate this video!

Comments • 17 279

  • Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell   6 महीने पहले

    To support Kurzgesagt and learn more about Brilliant, go to and sign up for free. The first 688 people that go to that link will get 20% off the annual Premium subscription.

    • Doom2exe
      Doom2exe  2 दिन पहले

      Mars bases are highly susceptible to demon invasions.

      • Seth Towne
        Seth Towne  2 दिन पहले

        heh that Doom reference

        • Lee Constantine
          Lee Constantine  3 दिन पहले

          Why are all your videos under 10 mins?

          • Diego Ramirez
            Diego Ramirez  3 दिन पहले

            Cant you use crisper in order to reengineer A fast spreading plant in order To survive the conditions?

            • Jesse Hatred
              Jesse Hatred  7 दिन पहले

              I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

              • BetaFrame098
                BetaFrame098  दिन पहले

                Would it be any easier if we set up a moon base first and figured out fusion energy? Also, would using natural structures like caves help us at all? And what if we could make the atmosphere bigger with greenhouse gasses which would also make it hotter?

                • TheMaverick
                  TheMaverick  दिन पहले

                  3:35 or we could make windows with proper filters...but w/e. 4.15 mars So our drones on mars should be dead till now, wait...they are not. 6:09 so people will not fuck and make kids, windows will not get proper filters and they will not do new things like you said they will do. 6:32 you probably don't know humans at all. 6:49 so people who will send other people on mars would not figure out how to create parts on mars, they must be morons. Also how much do you think nuclear fuel will last for like 30-50 people on mars? 7:03 that seems like every year, or at least year appart...well that was mind numbing or moronic

                  • Apollo Smile
                    Apollo Smile  दिन पहले

                    Well, at least u won't get robbed or ran over by a car or get shot in the head at a grocery store or experience a drive by there. Sign me up.

                    • fbi
                      fbi  दिन पहले

                      since i don't have to go to school i accept to go to anywhere i sad ANYWHERE

                      • thomas blackwell
                        thomas blackwell  दिन पहले

                        Show this channel to a small child. Something tells me they won’t be so ambitious afterwards.

                        • Maksymilian Starczewski
                          Maksymilian Starczewski  दिन पहले

                          If you pour cola on mars will it become silver, coloured? XD

                          • Maksymilian Starczewski
                            Maksymilian Starczewski  दिन पहले

                            This comment is a joke, don't hate or explain it to me

                            • 1 2
                              1 2  दिन पहले

                              New game idea The Mars Trail. You have died of radiation

                              • Wttftyh Gytyf
                                Wttftyh Gytyf  दिन पहले

                                Psychologically I am fit as fuck, I can even go alone if there are not too many tasks to accomplish per day. Stayed home once for 3 months with no contact besides some phone calls, didn't had any issues, if you are psychologically fit for loneliness first 2 weeks can be hard, but then its gets easier if you are able to adapt to the new style instead of crying for your old life.

                                • Error Try again
                                  Error Try again  दिन पहले

                                  Were do I sign up ?

                                  • Dizzle darka
                                    Dizzle darka  दिन पहले

                                    if you have running water in underground caves, then cant you use turbines turned by water to power mars rather than nuclear power

                                    • Leo-Aki Siafa
                                      Leo-Aki Siafa  दिन पहले

                                      could we make a base on another one of our planets like jupiter???????????????????????????? And if so what resources would we need and what would it look like?

                                      • SlendisFi Universe
                                        SlendisFi Universe  दिन पहले

                                        Here in Finland we created a bacteria that gives zero fucks about mars' challenges... That would fix the food issue for it can grow without earth's athmosphere... It's basically a god bacteria

                                        • Xoaeb 100
                                          Xoaeb 100  दिन पहले

                                          Nuke Mars!

                                          • Shawnna Fuller
                                            Shawnna Fuller  दिन पहले

                                            We dont deserve another inhabitable planet . Let's stick to earth keep killing it and ourselves until we all die ,leaving it to whatever organisms that servive .

                                            • Noah Fang
                                              Noah Fang  दिन पहले

                                              U cannot run before walk. I think we need to set up a lunar base first and build factories, shelters, and robots. Then we can use the tech and experience to colonize the mars. Plus, launching rockets from moon is way more easier than from the earth. It's much more energy efficient.

                                              • SNixD
                                                SNixD  दिन पहले

                                                Exercise will naturally be needed but exercising is generally a good idea even on earth and differences in things like bone density can be observed between those who do and those who don't. I don't think there's much research into "medium" level gravity environments due to the fact that it's difficult to simulate so how much will be needed is hard to say. 38% of Earth gravity doesn't seem so bad, like converting a 200 pound gorilla into a 76 pound one. At least it wont be a huge hurdle. You don't need one atmosphere of pressure inside the living space. You need enough pressure to stop things like your blood or saliva from boiling. A low pressure, oxygen rich atmosphere will do just fine and make construction much easier. Regarding the windows and radiation you could produce thick glass locally and just bring necessary additives to produce radiation hardened, shielding glass for the windows. It's a bit more difficult but definitely not impossible. If we add some tunneling we might not be so limited space wise either. No matter what we do I think automation and local production of construction materials are going to be vital components if a permanent Mars colony is ever going to happen.

                                                • Ferdinand Louise
                                                  Ferdinand Louise  दिन पहले

                                                  Kurzgesagt Corp: We Go To Mars 2024 !

                                                  • TD
                                                    TD  दिन पहले

                                                    We can do it people! Come on.

                                                    • MahPoint B
                                                      MahPoint B  दिन पहले

                                                      The spacesuits that attach to the outside of the base would still track in dust because the back of the suit has to attach to the inside of the base to let people out.

                                                      • marco padilla
                                                        marco padilla  दिन पहले

                                                        so our only barrier is the travel right?

                                                        • KAREN B KOOP
                                                          KAREN B KOOP  दिन पहले

                                                          Yes, Building a MARSBASE is a TERRIBLE IDEA!!! Let's spend this BILLIONS on something else....Let's get RID OFF ALL THE LUNATICS ON EARTH..??? So, WHY would we want to go to a planet that is 95% CO2 when we are trying to get rid of CO2 on Earth ??? ( carbon taxes ) Just send me your MILLIONS if you got that much to waste Nobody likes MARS DUST

                                                          • Mimas Impersonator
                                                            Mimas Impersonator  दिन पहले

                                                            We don't like mars dust but we love resources like iron

                                                            • Gabriel Hannan-Moon
                                                              Gabriel Hannan-Moon  दिन पहले

                                                              If only we could do this.

                                                              • Joedidely
                                                                Joedidely  दिन पहले

                                                                What I don't understand is why an underground colony isn't talked about more often, it would shield from radiation nd space dust, it would give an easier access to deep underground water requiring less energy to pump it up, and I imagine building underground would be about the same level of difficulty as building on a radiation soaked surface. Hell if you were deep enough underground there may be enough blocking access to the surface that you could pump oxygen into a new area being dug and not have to wear space suits underground.

                                                                • 吳定禾 吳定禾
                                                                  吳定禾 吳定禾  दिन पहले

                                                                  If that I want to be a member,I have to pay?

                                                                  • luis santos
                                                                    luis santos  2 दिन पहले

                                                                    how about helpers entering in a planet filled with demons. HELL YEAAA

                                                                    • sleepy boi
                                                                      sleepy boi  2 दिन पहले

                                                                      Make Mars spins first...

                                                                      • Werd Lert
                                                                        Werd Lert  2 दिन पहले

                                                                        That doom reference

                                                                        • Kleogaming TV
                                                                          Kleogaming TV  2 दिन पहले

                                                                          Our time:Making a base in mars is hard but we will do it. Furure:Those guys hardly started a base in mars,we are planning on changing the galaxy

                                                                          • Thomas Ott
                                                                            Thomas Ott  2 दिन पहले

                                                                            Guys, the link to the poster is broken

                                                                            • Zulfikar Hidayat
                                                                              Zulfikar Hidayat  2 दिन पहले

                                                                              We born on earth, that's why earth is habitable. If we were born on mars since the biggining then mars would be habitable and earth not

                                                                              • Deadly
                                                                                Deadly  2 दिन पहले

                                                                                why not fucking terraform the planet?

                                                                                • Kevin Dad
                                                                                  Kevin Dad  2 दिन पहले

                                                                                  dont need windows. just put up monitor screens up on the wall that is connected to cameras so you can see whats going on out there. a digital mirror if you will. think of cloverfield paradox and her round window turned monitor screen.

                                                                                  • Nelson Green
                                                                                    Nelson Green  2 दिन पहले

                                                                                    The best video about Mars colonization.

                                                                                    • Aiden C
                                                                                      Aiden C  2 दिन पहले

                                                                                      i wonder what the politics of a Mars colony would be like. Would they ask for independance?

                                                                                      • Andres Daniel Official
                                                                                        Andres Daniel Official  2 दिन पहले

                                                                                        Bruh I just wanna go to the moon

                                                                                        • Cool2Smart
                                                                                          Cool2Smart  2 दिन पहले

                                                                                          Humans were a horrible idea yet here we are

                                                                                          • Nobody Special
                                                                                            Nobody Special  2 दिन पहले

                                                                                            You're just gonna gloss over the moon base?! That is a whole video on it's own. Do the moon base video then I can watch this. Until then, FAIL.

                                                                                            • Yoshi24
                                                                                              Yoshi24  2 दिन पहले

                                                                                              We wouldn't need Mars in a long time, and it would be very expensive and take a lot of time.Why exactly are we trying to live on Mars?Just to do it?

                                                                                              • Acesupreme
                                                                                                Acesupreme  2 दिन पहले

                                                                                                There is an home design that won nasa's house challenge for mars that offers windows and above ground living space.

                                                                                                • 1,000 subs no videos
                                                                                                  1,000 subs no videos  3 दिन पहले

                                                                                                  C'mon this is just going to fail

                                                                                                  • Leshy
                                                                                                    Leshy  3 दिन पहले

                                                                                                    Beautiful doom reference

                                                                                                    • Ace Maxximus
                                                                                                      Ace Maxximus  3 दिन पहले

                                                                                                      And then find a new energy source so we could create a portal to hell just like Doom

                                                                                                      • Mateen Fhary
                                                                                                        Mateen Fhary  3 दिन पहले

                                                                                                        What if Mars was really where humanity began and they ended up having a nuclear war and then a small contingent of surviving humans made their way to earth 🤔

                                                                                                        • Khyrid
                                                                                                          Khyrid  3 दिन पहले

                                                                                                          But humans are not birds!

                                                                                                          • arsee khanam
                                                                                                            arsee khanam  3 दिन पहले

                                                                                                            if all humans goes to mars , the animals of other species alive on earth will party hard

                                                                                                            • zany zachary
                                                                                                              zany zachary  3 दिन पहले

                                                                                                              How to get food just ask matt damon

                                                                                                              • Angel Guerrero
                                                                                                                Angel Guerrero  3 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                Dude u just ruing all of my dreams on life on the mars😥😥😥😓😓

                                                                                                                • Jesus Christ
                                                                                                                  Jesus Christ  दिन पहले

                                                                                                                  Boo hoo.

                                                                                                                  • EXE VIDEOS
                                                                                                                    EXE VIDEOS  3 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                    Build the base underground

                                                                                                                    • MrOmega 810
                                                                                                                      MrOmega 810  3 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                      We need this in vr

                                                                                                                      • Abhishek Sah
                                                                                                                        Abhishek Sah  3 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                        how about a genocide and restart life on earth?

                                                                                                                        • NUTSUKI
                                                                                                                          NUTSUKI  3 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                          Would you think after a few generations on Mars people would slowly adapt to the harsh conditions?

                                                                                                                          • Afro Chill
                                                                                                                            Afro Chill  3 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                            Got nothing to lose I'd do it if I was in shape

                                                                                                                            • rzl1234
                                                                                                                              rzl1234  3 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                              I loved the Doom references, I mean, it’s also settled in mars, right?

                                                                                                                              • Dank Cookie
                                                                                                                                Dank Cookie  3 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                                I like the doom jokes

                                                                                                                                • Science!
                                                                                                                                  Science!  3 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                                  Robots first, then humans. If we can't use robots to build the base without our assistance, then our technology isn't good enough for us to set up a base. Robots would use less energy than humans and require a lot less resources. If something should go wrong, they'd be at the very least somewhat salvageable.

                                                                                                                                  • Emile Neslo
                                                                                                                                    Emile Neslo  3 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                                    Wait. Mars has a dark side just like the Moon?

                                                                                                                                    • Danny
                                                                                                                                      Danny  3 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                                      Aren't we going to settle on Mars to get the 700 trillions dollar asteroid made of gold orbiting between Mars and Jupiter?

                                                                                                                                      • Tyler DeMamiel
                                                                                                                                        Tyler DeMamiel  4 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                                        Imagine us living on huge hillsides and having futuristic ant tunnel houses

                                                                                                                                        • Kevin Fischer
                                                                                                                                          Kevin Fischer  4 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                                          Would going deeper help solve the gravity issues or not?

                                                                                                                                          • leslie maurice
                                                                                                                                            leslie maurice  4 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                                            instead of burying the capsules could we not tunnel in to a mountain ?

                                                                                                                                            • Jesus Christ
                                                                                                                                              Jesus Christ  दिन पहले

                                                                                                                                              Probably too difficult, and most importantly, expensive.

                                                                                                                                              • It's Vlad, not Vladimir
                                                                                                                                                It's Vlad, not Vladimir  4 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                                                JUST DO IT ✓

                                                                                                                                                • Rollinghypogrif240
                                                                                                                                                  Rollinghypogrif240  4 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                                                  Before we plan on making colonies on other planets we might wanna settle our differences first (Factions, nationalities,religions) and act as a peaceful race one planet one country (We don’t have to abandon our heritage and culture but we do need to unite) for if we die because of our problems here there won’t be any colonies on other planets in the future. No people no colonies.

                                                                                                                                                  • Gabriel Siteny
                                                                                                                                                    Gabriel Siteny  4 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                                                    7:15 good old doom!

                                                                                                                                                    • 00daveyr
                                                                                                                                                      00daveyr  4 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                                                      if we build underground, like we would do on the moon you would avoid quite allot of these issues. It would probably be 'easiest' to bring nutrient rich soil from earth every few years. Leave it in orbit and land a pod section of this station every 6 months lets say for your soil etc. Mars dust is statically charged, get nasa suits that either emit an opposite charge to dislodge the dust or go through a wash room type situation.

                                                                                                                                                      • Joe Fly
                                                                                                                                                        Joe Fly  4 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                                                        Need more energie to live in mars. Hold my machines

                                                                                                                                                        • Communist Propagandist
                                                                                                                                                          Communist Propagandist  4 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                                                          If the places weren't challenging it wouldn't be exploring.

                                                                                                                                                          • Hannes
                                                                                                                                                            Hannes  4 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                                                            imagine being born on mars and then travelling to earth for the first time

                                                                                                                                                            • McBobbish
                                                                                                                                                              McBobbish  4 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                                                              Why bother? Just build o Neil cylinders.

                                                                                                                                                              • Bogwedgle
                                                                                                                                                                Bogwedgle  4 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                                                                Because that's far more resource intensive and realistically undoable in the early days of space colonisation, we'll need a basic infrastructure to support mining and manufacturing across the solar system and test the systems required for it thoroughly in real world conditions before tackling such a massive project.

                                                                                                                                                                • Large Soda
                                                                                                                                                                  Large Soda  4 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                                                                  When you're relocating into a different biome

                                                                                                                                                                  • Don't Ask.
                                                                                                                                                                    Don't Ask.  3 दिन पहले


                                                                                                                                                                    • DemonCore44
                                                                                                                                                                      DemonCore44  4 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                                                                      Never really wanted to go to Mars, this video cemented the fact that’ll I’ll just stay on earth

                                                                                                                                                                      • Rabbit rams
                                                                                                                                                                        Rabbit rams  4 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                                                                        In stead of using nuclear power i purpose we use hell as a alternative power source its much more powerful and safer then nuclear energy

                                                                                                                                                                        • vineheart01
                                                                                                                                                                          vineheart01  4 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                                                                          Humans will try, but personally i dont see it possible to reach to Mars until we develop a way of reaching it in a few weeks no matter where the two planets are relative to each other.

                                                                                                                                                                          • The Nekavandre
                                                                                                                                                                            The Nekavandre  4 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                                                                            This made me feel hopeful. I wish I would be alive long enough to see such a scientific and humankind achievement happen but with the way the world is currently and lack of interest in space and technology betterment for all worldwide I highly doubt in my life time such a tough but wonderful thing will happen. Still this made me happy and continues my interest in space and science fiction entertainment like say Mass Effect or Star Wars(Prequel and Original Only) or Star Trek(original, gen, and sequel/remake movies).

                                                                                                                                                                            • Jacob Beltran
                                                                                                                                                                              Jacob Beltran  4 दिन पहले

                                                                                                                                                                              Love that doom reference