Life on Mars

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Life on Mars

FACTSMass: 6.39 × 10^23 kg Radius: 2,106 milesMoons: Phobos, DeimosDistance from Sun: 141.6 million milesSurface Temperature:-87 to -5 °C

The Potential for Life on Mars

Currently NASA is developing technology and spacecrafts for more extraordinary space travel. NASA's two destinations in mind? An asteroid, as well as Mars. As of right now, they are plannign to send humans to an asteriod in 2025, and they plan to send humans to Mars in the 2030's.

The discovery of water on Mars by NASA is ground breaking news. When it comes to life, even the most basic organisms, when water is present life usually is too. NASA also recently discovered "flowing water" on Mars. This signifies that there is more than just a few drops of water on Mars. Having a Mars rover on the surface of the nearby planet has opened so many doors for science. It also raised a lot of questions such as: Is there/Has there been life on Mars? Is human life sustainable on Mars?

The significance of finding water on another planet shifts the way that people view the universe as we know it. The thought of potential past or even current life on Mars, only begs the question: Where else in the Universe is life sustainable? Also, this opens a huge door for space travel. For a while, people assumed our greatest space expedition for the near future would be the moon landings. It also raises the question in everyones' heads, "Are we alone in this Universe, or is there other life?"

Significance of this Swerve

Projected Impact

Galileo once explained his view of the future of science as, "Perhaps more excellent things will be discovered in time, either by me or by others, with the help of a similar instrument..." (Galileo 36). Galileo knew that he wouldn't be able to discover everything there is to know about astronomy and space, but he knew that when someone did, it would create a swerve. If it wasn't for Galileo's discoveries, and hard work, the discoveries by NASA potentially would've never happened. Galileo paved the way for modern astronomy, and he deserves partial credit for everything discovered about space.

Water is Key

Kenny O'Kelly


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