Commander and chief Barack Obama recently declared that America will successfully send manned space mission to Mars by the 2030’s. What are the implications of possibility going to Mars and what it means for humanity?
Mars is a tantalizing prospect as humanity’s next frontier in intergalactic space exploration. What has commonly been though of as a science fiction before may soon become a reality. But why are billionaires like Elon Musk so interested in investing large amounts of resources into colonizing Mars? It’s because the two Milky Way planets are more similar than you think, and the more we ponder the possibility of human colonization the more “real” it becomes.
Mars is an intriguing, neighboring planet because it shares many similarities to that of Earth. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Mars is the fourth planet away from the Sun in the Milky Way Galaxy. The days are 24.5 hours and the average surface temperature of Mars is -81 degrees F. Some notable differences between the two planets are the gravitational pull on the surface and the escape velocity of the two planets. The surface gravity on Mars is 3.71 meters per second squared about 38% that of Earth and the Escape Velocity being about 45% of the Earth.
The possibility for the first time in history for humans to become an interplanetary species poses a new challenge for humanity to overcome. How will humans be able to sustain life on Mars, will humans ever freely live without the burden of a space suit, and what does this mean for galactic traveling capabilities in the future?
I believe that Mars is ultimately not a lasting destination for humanity and that it will be remembered as a day of conquest similar to the moon landing back in the 1960’s. Nonetheless, the exploration of Mars is in our sights and will be our next step in history.