The Journey to Mars

  1. Rovers are Easier to Control Compared to Stationary Landers
  • Sojourner
  • Spirit
  • Opportunity
  • Curiosity
  • Sojourner
  1. Mars has a central metallic core radius greater than 800 miles
  2. The airborne dust at the red planet is magnetic, and it contains iron oxide
  3. There were rounded pebbles on Mars, which suggested that there had been the presence of water on the planet
  4. There were early morning ice clouds on the lower atmosphere of the Red Planet
  • Spirit and Opportunity Rovers
  • Curiosity
  1. Curiosity has found an ancient oasis.
  2. The rover has found the presence of underground lakes on Mars.
  3. Curiosity has reported changes in methane levels on the Red Planet
  4. Has drilled and sampled over 20 soil and rock samples.
  5. The rover has found the largest amount of clay ever reported on Mars.
  6. Curiosity has successfully determined a mountain’s gravity.
  • Mars is relatively close to our planet
  • Scientists believe that they can find clues that will help them to understand our world better
  • To know how the Red Planet was previously able to sustain life and events that led to the end of life on the planet.
  • To understand the dangers to human life present on the planet before sending people to the planet
  • How to overcome the challenges to human life presented by the planet
  • Evaluate the resources that future explorers can use
  1. Rocks from Mars Have Similar Composition as Those on Earth
  1. The Origin of Life on Earth Vs. Mars Current Situation
  1. There is Evidence of Past Water Bodies on Mars
  1. Presence of Methane Emissions
  • Human beings will be required to wear oxygen masks throughout their stay on Mars.
  • People will be required to wear special suits whenever outside their spacecraft to protect themselves from the planet’s high radiation.
  • Visitors to Mars will have to carry their food supplies (or find a way to grow them).
  • People must live in extremely heated environments to counter the cold temperatures on the planet.
  • Human reproduction and population growth will have to be extremely controlled given the limited resources and hardship of growing them.

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