Requirements for living in low temperature

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Fall temperatures on Mars.
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Winter temperatures on Mars.

It is cold on Mars.

Biological requirements

Terran biology prefers temperatures at which water is liquid.

Human requirements

At 0° F flesh freezes in minutes. At -50° F flesh freezes in seconds.

Plant requirements

Psychrophiles can grow in temperatures as low as 32° F.

Engineering requirements

The simplest means of meeting these temperature conditions is to maintain them within an environmentally controlled structure. Inhabited structures must be heated. Good insulation helps conserve energy.

Online Textbooks

A Heat Transfer Textbook 3rd Edition