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Frankly, our first base should not be on any planet or moon, but in orbit around Earth.
The challenges of maintaining a colony are massively increased by the simple matter of setting up logistical supply lines. A staging ground in orbit that serves as the focal point of missions and can facilitate final ship construction and repair is in my opinion an essential first step.
Now, ideally, this would come paired with systems that make the earth to orbit transition easier. One of my favorite ideas is also one of the simplest in base concept. Drop a rope down.
Ok, so by a rope I mean a cable composed of carbon buckytubes (The stuff is like the bastard progeny of diamonds and spider silk) that is on the order of 100,000 kilometers long, but still, simple in concept right?
Done right, the station and paired cable will remain in geosynchronous orbit, with the bottom end of said cable essentially floating above the ground. Attach appropriately designed elevator cars, and bam, no more need for rocket boosting into space. Its less preposterous than it might sound. Estimated 50 years and $50 billion (Chump change compared to the material resources such a project can help nab).