Red Planet Has Intrigued People Since Time Immemorial – Is Life on Mars Possible?
By Space Coast Daily // January 15, 2019
Every time we gaze at the sky full of stars, we ask ourselves whether we are alone in the vast universe or are there other habitable planets out there.
One of the most enigmatic planets in the solar system capable of supporting life is Mars. The Red Planet has intrigued people since time immemorial.
Now that NASA has discovered liquid water on Mars, life on the mysterious planet starts looking less like a romantic dream and more like a reality.
That sensational finding has inspired both scientists and ordinary people dreaming of colonizing Mars. Still, traveling to Mars isn’t likely to be attempted in the nearest future as currently, it remains a too costly and dangerous undertaking.
Nonetheless, there’s no need to get upset. Any representative of a younger generation has a chance to participate in the first human mission to the Red Planet and help mankind solve its mysteries. You can start preparing for the responsible mission right now.
Exercise regularly, break bad habits and take good care of your health. Intelligence, knowledge and erudition are also of paramount importance. All astronauts and NASA specialists boast a brilliant education.
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Exploration of Mars dates back to the 17th century when astronomers took their first attempts to study the planet with earth-based instruments which weren’t sufficient to study it.
With the advent of powerful telescopes and spacecraft, it’s become possible to take a close-up look at this fascinating planet. NASA’s famous spacecraft – Viking 1 and Viking 2, landed on the surface of Mars in 1976. The studies lasted for about six years and didn’t reveal any signs of life on the fourth planet from the Sun.
To date, no evidence of life on Mars has been discovered. Still, NASA continues to explore Mars and hopes it will soon become home to humans. It has been found that Mars and Earth are similar in terms of their axial tilt, proximity to the Sun, and geological processes. Still, there are also many differences between the two planets that cannot be ignored.
It’s not a secret that Earth acts a huge magnet which makes a compass gravitate towards the North Pole. As for Mars, it doesn’t have the same magnetic field as Earth. Consequently, unlike Earth, Mars is incapable of protecting its surface from the dangerous impact of space radiation.
Moreover, even though there’s an atmosphere on Mars, it is much less dense than Earth’s, its habitable counterpart. Unable to retain heat energy, Mars cannot boast a comfortable average temperature, which is well below zero. The amount of water found on Mars won’t also suffice to support life, at least not lifeforms known to scientists.
So, why is Mars considered the most suitable planet for living? Despite its considerably smaller size, Mars still has lots of space to host life. Therefore, NASA is set to continue looking for water. As scientists note, water is precisely a prerequisite for sustaining life on any planet. So, if more signs of water are discovered, it will help lift the veil on more of Mars’ secrets.
It’s an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and innate curiosity that spurs on humanity to explore the unknown. Therefore, even if it turns out that presently there is no life on Mars, it will be exciting to learn whether there was life on the mysterious planet hundreds or thousands of years ago.
NASA experts note that they will look for both microorganisms capable of living under such unfavorable conditions as those on Mars and fossils that may testify to the existence of life which emerged at some point but somehow couldn’t evolve into more complex forms.
Anyway, we’ll be looking forward to the news about the exploration of Mars. NASA assures us that humans will be able to live on the red planet as soon as they solve some essential issues associated with transportation and sustaining life on Mars.
Experts promise that Mars will offer us a “brand new life with brand new vistas” even sooner than we thought.
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