Thursday, March 17, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016
Ever since the dawn of man, humans have been fascinated with space. Humans have wanted to extend their reaches into space, and in 1969 we accomplished that with the moon landing.

Whats next? Mars. Exploration on Mars is essential to humans extending our reach into space and understanding the universe in which we live.

There have been numerous attempts to study martian life, but in the past 10 years NASA launched spacecraft to land on the surface of Mars.

On Aug. 6, 2012, the Mars rover Curiosity touched down on the surface of Mars. The Mars rover’s mission is to study the martian climate and geology, the role of water on the planet, and search for microbial life. It is the first fully controllable rover to be placed on Mars.

We as humans have only been able to see around 4 percent of the entire universe. This is credited to the tremendous size of our universe, which is rapidly expanding every second. In our lifetime, we will never be able to explore the entire universe, but the United States is planning on conducting manned missions to mars by the mid 2030s.

Nic Victoria said, “If we as humans are still here, then I believe it's possible.”

President Obama has estimated orbiting the planet by 2030 and then an actual landing by 2035.

“I dont think it will be that soon,” said Mr. George Russ.
There have been propositions to terraform the red planet in order to create a more suitable human environment. This would involve increasing the atmospheric pressure, and creating an atmosphere that could support liquid water and oxygen in the atmosphere.

Terraforming and transforming Mars into a habitable planet for humans proves to be one of the greatest challenges in human history. If we are able to live on Mars, the first people to do so will be pioneers and the first people to live on another planet.


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