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The Mars One 100: Ready For The Exploration Of Mars ?

Posted by: on Feb 23, 2015 | No Comments

By now you have most likely heard of “The Mars One” and the 100 lucky astronaut candidates selected to go visit the red planet in the near future. The 100 candidates were selected from a pool of 202,586 people that applied. Mars One is a not-for-profit foundation based from the Netherlands with a goal to establish permanent human life colonies on Mars. So that got us thinking at TechGeniux…what would it take to live on Mars and survive? This article will briefly explore both the Mars One and NASA’s vision to prepare the human race for an adventure to Mars.  A few questions will be answered in this article, yet we have only touch the surface of this exciting journey to Mars.

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Ever since the first technology evolutions, man wanted to know if he is alone in this Galaxy. The appearance of the first telescopes back in 1600 allowed the first clear glimpse at the nearest planets. Since we ever laid our eyes on Mars and noticed it has a solid surface, we wondered if any life forms evolved over there. And even the idea that people could colonize it still hovers in the minds of our scientists, who still try to find a way to make us live there. But the conditions on the red planet are nothing like the ones we have here on Earth. Three is no vegetation, the air is unbreathable, and we still did not find a way to sustain life in those harsh conditions.

 

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But technological breakthroughs in the 20th century helped us learn a great deal about Mars. Probes are continually being sent over there, in order to collect and bring samples of soil for analysis. Although, we still don’t have the best technology for special journeys to other planets, so the rate of failure of this exploration projects was very high. Luckily, some of them, extremely few, manage to be more successful than expected, bringing more information than we ever hoped for. The main purpose of these expeditions is to find traces of any form of live, ancient or present. Or to check is there are any potential sources of water and organic carbon, substances elementary for sustaining life.

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In the past years, NASA, ESA (European Space Agency) and the Soviet space program, sent gradually ships, probes and various robots towards Mars, in the attempt to reach its orbit and even land on the planet. An orbiter, named Mars Odyssey, sent by NASA, entered the Martian orbit in 200. It was the one that detected large quantities of hydrogen in the regolith of Mars, which is believed to appear near significant amounts of iced water. ESA sent the Beagle2 lander in 2003. It was declared lost in February 2004 due to the fact that the base could not contact it after landing. It was found this year in January, by a performance camera of NASA. The probe landed successfully, but the opening system for the solar panels and antennas failed to work. Probably you all heard about Curiosity Rover, a robot designed to gather samples and test them with a laser sampler, to check the composition.

 

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So you see, getting to Mars is not an easy task. Not for now at least. We still have to wait to evolve more in the technological sphere, to be able to have successful journeys and missions on the red planet. Although the shifts in colors, seen on the surface of the planet by performance telescopes, make us believe there is some phenomenon going on there. But Mars is far from being a welcoming planet. It soil is rocky and harsh, there are extreme temperatures, ranging from blistering cold to burning hot, and the atmosphere is thinner than Earth’s. So how can we sustain, or find, life over there? It is a question that is still unanswered by our current science. We wait to see what it is reserved for the future to come.

 

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