Marspedia:Topic List

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This is a list of topics that we'd like to be fully covered with articles on the wiki.

Introductory Content

  • Welcome to Marspedia page with prominent link on main page.
  • Video (30 second Welcome to Marspedia)
  • How you can help


  • The Planet (overview, scientific details, interesting features & locations, the Moons, etc.)
  • History of Mars on Earth (why is it called Mars, theories about it, etc.)

Remote Exploration of Mars

  • Orbiters
    • Mission pages for every robotic mission, including all failed attempts. (feel free to borrow from which James Burk wrote all of, but much is likely out of date)
    • Chandrayaan
  • Landers / Rovers
    • Pathfinder
    • Spirit
    • Opportunity
    • Curiosity
    • Mars 2020
    • Mars Express: Beagle 2
  • Future Missions: Mars Sample Return, ExoMars, Red Dragon, Big Falcon Rocket (BFR)

Organizations with Mars missions (Funded, Flown or already planned)

  • NASA
  • ESA
  • ISRO
  • Roscosmos
  • SpaceX

Human Exploration of Mars

  • Current Plans & concepts: Mars Direct, NASA Design Reference Mission, Caltech missions, Mars One, SpaceX, etc.
  • History of plans - David S. F. Portree has done a lot of work in this area and James has his book. You can also pull up his Romance to Reality site which is in
  • Technologies needed: propulsion (chemical, nuclear, ion, VASIMR, etc.), ISRU, space suits, lander concepts

Permanent Settlement

Mars Foundation designs: Hillside Settlement, One way mission, Plains Settlement

  • Technologies needed: 3-D Printing using in-situ materials, use of lava tubes, etc.
  • Fictional Portrayals of Mars Settlement
    • Kim Stanley Robinson: Article about Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars and what they did.
      • Based on Proceedings of Case for Mars #2 & #3. (Bruce has copies of these.)
    • Also Ben Bova, Geoffrey Landis, Robert Zubrin, Gregory Benford, Paul McAuley (Quiet War, Gardens of the Sun).
    • Older fiction: Heinlein, Clarke, etc.
    • Potential issues/challenges raised in Mars fiction (political/economic relationship with Earth, how government/economics might be affected by conditions on Mars, vulnerability of domed settlements, effects of microgravity on the human body, etc.)
  • Commerce (including import/export, etc.)
    • Potential Martian industries and exports
    • Potential as base for asteroid mining ventures
      • Provide lodging, resupply, and other services to miners
      • Infrastructure
    • Potential as base for exploring the outer Solar system
  • Other concepts.


  • What is Terraforming
  • How might you Terraform Mars: plans & concepts
  • First 100 year plan / schedule
  • Martin Fogg's pages - contact him

Space Law

  • Mars-specific.
  • Outer Space Treaty / Moon Treaty / etc.
  • Look into the papers available online.



  • Human Factors Research
  • 2007 ISDC track - Jim Paas(?)

Miscellaneous Topics

  • Whatever you want to write about Mars!