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First Human Born On Mars

Updated on June 15, 2012
The first human birth on Mars has inspired a new range of alien baby onesies.
The first human birth on Mars has inspired a new range of alien baby onesies. | Source
A neighborhood in East Cydonia, home to the first human born on Mars
A neighborhood in East Cydonia, home to the first human born on Mars | Source

Tiny "Martian" and Mother Are Well

March 21, 2025 – CYDONIA, MARS – Phoebe Brahms was born at 8:53 GMT this morning in a private East Cydonia, Mars residence. The apparently healthy 2.9-kg baby girl is the first human to be born on Mars. She was seen resting in video posted to YouFace just a few hours after her arrival. As expected, images of the unnamed mother were obscured.

The Martian pregnancy has been the most publicized prenatal period of this century, easily eclipsing Lady Gaga’s quintuplet pregnancy of 2022 and 2023. Media attention in the Mars case is owed to its unusual combination of religion, science and secrecy.

The "Virgin Birth" or Parthogenesis on Mars

When the report of a so-called “Immaculate Conception” broke in tabloids in August 2024, it initially captured serious attention only from religious fundamentalists. However, by September the scientific verification of a “virgin conception” or spontaneous self-cloning made the Martian pregnancy news prominent across mainstream media. Intrigue increased as authorities refused to release the mother’s birth name. She is known to world audiences only by her alias, Hannah Brahms.

Public Response to the Mars Pregnancy

The past six months of Hannah's pregnancy were met with an expansive range of public responses including emotionally positive feedback and skeptic or outraged editorials. Pundits, government officials, scientists and laypeople also debated the policy implications of the pregnancy.

From the lighter end of the spectrum:

  • Rural religious pilgrims flocked to small towns in the US, Holland and Japan that claimed to be the "Virgin Mother's" birthplace. Organized meetings reminiscent of the Million Man March led pilgrims to pledge a renewed dedication to their children and communities.
  • Supportive secular and religious women worldwide hosted Martian baby showers, almost comically collecting enough items for an estimated 18,000 babies. Most items were ultimately donated to families on Earth. A small selection of gifts was chosen for the emergency colonial supplies shipment dispatched to Mars in September.

Negative responses reflected a variety of cynical views. A Santa Cruz News Network survey of 420 individuals belonging to the Canadian anti-colonization movement BLUE found widespread skepticism about the veracity of Hannah's claim. It also elucidated a number of conspiracy theories related to the development.

As for public policy implications, world citizens debated the best means of handling future pregnancies on Mars. Midwives, obstetricians, developmental psychologists and others appeared frequently on broadcasts about the story. The fact that the pregnancy was ultimately uncomplicated hasn't quashed the discussion; baby Phoebe is likely only the first of our species to be born beyond Earth's protective atmosphere.

Identity Questions Abound

Hannah Brahms is the only Cydonese colonist who has yet to appear on camera. Unlike other settlers, she did not compete publicly for residency in the Mars One program. The official explanation for her presence on the Red Planet – participation in the US Federal Witness Protection Program – has faced increasing scrutiny since the announcement of her unusual pregnancy.

What is known of Hannah Brahms?

Dr. Shelly Pinkard of Chattanooga Forensics created a psychological profile of Brahms based on the settler's artwork and other evidence. Dr. Pinkard stated in an interview with SCNN,

Any questions about her values or traits can be put to rest. Hannah Brahms is a classic "Earth Mother" in the archetypal sense: nurturing, physically protective, emotionally strong, with inherit wisdom. That's an ideal person to parent a new culture. But is this surprising? Not really. We could say the same about all the chosen colonists.

The men and women selected for Mars are all "Earth Mothers" in a sense, dedicated to nurturing a new world, for better or for worse, until they die. So, while we don't know Hannah’s true identity, it seems that she is tune with the other settlers.

Pinkard said the data show no support for the witness protection program rumor. “Hannah is haunted -- but not by human violence necessarily. Data suggest that she witnessed a horrific environmental tragedy on Earth.”

Clone Pregnancy Caused by Genetic Mutation?

Other profilers have suggested off the record that Hannah may have been part of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. Her exposure to certain radioactive materials could explain both the atypical pregnancy and the apparent theme of tragedy in her past.

If Hannah did experience an environmental tragedy, that might also explain her eagerness to take part in creating a civilization that is closer to nature – even if she must foster that nature herself on another planet, seed by seed and child by child.

Martian Landscape

This NASA image from 2010 piqued interest in the idea of trees being native to Mars.
This NASA image from 2010 piqued interest in the idea of trees being native to Mars. | Source

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      SantaCruz 

      5 years ago from Santa Cruz, CA

      Welcome, psbhatt! This story is based on the privately funded Mars One mission. The project is endorsed by a Nobel-winning physicist, if that matters :-). You can read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_One.

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      PISUPATI SRINIVAS BHATT 

      5 years ago from HYDERABAD

      Interesting, hi how are you so sure that we will colonize Mars that takes 9 months to reach, within next 12 years?

    • SantaCruz profile imageAUTHOR

      SantaCruz 

      6 years ago from Santa Cruz, CA

      Cheers, Jake! Be sure to see the link above for Phoebe as a 7-year-old Martian. Unfortunately, all isn't well on the Martian colony...

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      Jake Frost 

      6 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Definitely kept me interested throughout. Great hub!

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