Parked on a regolith apron overlaid with embedded stainless steel mesh matting. With Mars' lower gravity, and the light footprint of its numerous undercarriage wheels, the shuttle can be safely staged without the use of water-intensive concrete. A base such as this would be an obvious milestone in advanced settlement, but even so, still more of an expeditionary outpost in the level of its facilities, akin to existing bases in Antarctica back on Earth.
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