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Getting To Mars Is The Easy Part, Living There Will Suck

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Mars isn't homely.

With summer highs of 27 degrees Celsius, winter lows of minus 133, an abundant lack of water, month-long dust storms and an atmosphere filled with toxic carbon dioxide, it's something of a fixer-upper.

Yet we're determined to send humans to it: NASA wants in, Russia is in the race, and Elon Musk wants to get one million people on the red planet in order to ensure humanity's survival. 

Getting there is going to be the easy part - it's turning this barren, deadly planet into an habitable world that's going to be tricky.

Really tricky. Take this TED infographic, which breaks down the complications of living on our planetary neighbour into some of the key problem areas. 

Hoping to sign up to the space missions? This might make you reconsider. 

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(Images: NASA, Rex, TED)

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