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The promise of long-term off-world living - whether the moon, mars, or beyond - offers a captivating question: What happens when a society is designed from the ground up?

From the buildings and clothes to the food and waste systems, the modern space industry has given considerable attention towards improving the possibility of astronaut survival. While the question of the long-term social, economic, political, and ethical questions have been left to speculative and science fiction.

These questions are our primary concern - notably, how do different communities, institutions, and professions frame their visions for off-world living. What, in short, do they argue we should and should not take to Mars. 

Our aim is not merely to compile a large list of things to take and not to take. Instead, our focus is about the arguments companies, agencies, and institutions use to make decisions about what to take and not to take

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