Expeditions to Mars seem to be high on the universal priority list. The biggest obstacle at the moment is the cost of everything involved with planning and preparing for a trip to Mars as well as the actual expedition. Different countries and individuals are working towards making a trip to Mars a reality. Most of them are aiming to realise this by 2030 and some say even before that.
But what exactly is the fascination with Mars and humans living on it? Mars is not exactly a friendly environment for humans to live. So why do we want to? There are several reasons why putting humans on Mars is a good idea. The process of getting people there and making it so that we as humans can live there will be a long one. The good news is that it is not impossible. All the technology that needs to be developed to make it happen is within our reach already. Like we said before, it’s just all about the money.
Let’s have a look at some of the reasons why we want to go to Mars so badly.
Mars can be our backup planet and help to make humans an interplanetary race. This is something that will make us pioneers and help to solve some of our resource problems. Since the climate problems became apparent, countries across the world have tried to find alternative fuel sources and other solutions to our Earth problems. We are running out of certain resources and we are destroying the atmosphere with our current behaviors and consumerism. Establishing a human colony on Mars may be the answer to some of these issues. Harvesting resources will help us with water shortages.
For it to be a backup planet where humans can live for a long time we need a lot more technology and a lot more time, but we’re pretty sure it will happen. If Earth became so bad that humans can no longer live there, Mars would be the best option for a backup planet that will save us from extinction.
Mars represents the next big step in the exploration of the universe. Humans have a great sense and spirit of exploration. We always want to know more and learn more about the things that are unknown and yet to be discovered. It is this human characteristic that has gotten us to the point where we are today. We have technology that few could have imagined a century ago. Our medical technology is saving lives like never before. We know more about the universe and what is out there than ever before. Going to Mars and exploring it will just be the next step in this eternal need for more knowledge and exploration.
Knowing more about Mars can make us improve life on Earth. It is clear that we will need a whole lot of new technology to make it possible for humans to travel to Mars and survive there. The great thing about developing these new technologies is that it will likely bring about advancements and new discoveries in other areas as well. The algorithm that fixed the blurry images from the Hubble Telescope changed the way doctors detect breast cancer. Any new technology and developments will have positive discoveries as a result.
All the work and money that will go into exploring Mars will be well worth the advancements and improvements they can lead to for us on Earth. The only way we can move forward as a people and a planet is to go beyond what we know and go where we haven’t been before.
New discoveries in space and on Mars will inspire future generations. One of the most effective ways to inspire students to explore science and technology as career fields is space exploration. Whenever we make new discoveries or reach new destinations, children and teenagers all over the world become inspired and want to be the next person to go to space or the moon or Mars. We need inspired young people to continue making new discoveries and pushing the limits of exploration and human exploration. These types of exploration take decades and centuries to complete and the future generations of curious minds will keep leading us forward to bigger and better things.
Studying Mars and its history can make us understand Earth better. We already know that Mars was once a planet much like Earth. It was warm and had a lot of water. Mars is the planet most like Earth in our solar system. Learning about what happened to mars to reduce its atmosphere and make it become the way it is today, can tell us if we need to prepare for the same things. If we know more about Mars, we can understand what things may lay ahead for Earth or even develop ways to prevent these things from happening.
A successful mission to Mars and an advanced space program will keep America at the top. A mission to Mars also has economic and diplomatic advantages. The country or countries that will be involved in the mission to Mars will be world leaders and open up a whole lot of economic opportunities. If another country were to win the race to Mars, America and the other participants will face some harsh realities and will have to accept their fate as second-best. Being at the front of the exploration and colonization of Mars will have several advantages. Being anywhere other than the front may be less glamorous and less lucrative.
It is clear that are many reasons why we want and need to go to Mars. All of these reasons will take the world as we know it to a new level and help us make more amazing and useful discoveries. If you ignore the enormous price tag that will go with this Mars mission and everything related to it, it seems that it will only have advantages for humans and planet Earth. Only the future will tell where we will go, but it seems inevitable that we will put humans on Mars in the next few decades.