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Seattle may get new institute dedicated to Mars missions

The Mars Society likes that we have so much biotech and AI firms here.

A rendering of a Mars colony with a woman looking out onto the Martian vista

Seattle’s potential new neighborhood is a little out there.

Photo via Mars Society

Get in the capsule, Earthlings — we’re going to Mars. Well, at least we’re thinking about the trip even more now that the Mars Society is eyeing Seattle for a new facility.

In a recent podcast, the founder of the spacey nonprofit mentioned that our city is at the top of the list for its planned Mars Technology Institute, a research hub that would explore the feasibility of not just landing on the Red Planet but also setting up colonies. Real futuristic stuff.

Seattle’s abundance of biotech and AI ventures came up in the podcast discussion. But here are other great reasons why we’d make fantastic hosts: