In this paper, you will learn about the specifications of the rover, pre-launch preparations, the flight to Mars, the landing, and the types of experiments Curiosity is conducting on Mars. This is the Mars Science Laboratory. Before you launch any type of spacecraft, there must be thousands of hours of preparation done to make sure everything works in perfect sequence, works properly, and fits together. This 2.5 billion dollar project is carrying the most expensive Mars rover built. It’s name is Curiosity.
Mars One was founded in 2011, but was not well known until a few months after (“About”). The Mars One organization was founded by a select team, and the mission to send humans to Mars cannot be done without them. There are many goals that are hoped to be achieved, and will make a huge impact on history and society. Mars is the fourth planet from the sun and is a seven mouth journey (space.com). The reason the planet Mars is red is because the surface is covered with minerals that make it look like the rusty color earth sees (space.com).
Zachary Watson Mrs. Willet Astronomy 3/5/13 Terraforming Mars Terraforming Mars is the process of making mars hospitable to human life and colonizing a safe environment for people to live. Mars, in retrospect, is the most earth-like planet that resides in our solar system, therefore it is the best planet amongst those around earth for us to attempt to inhabit. I would choose to use a timeline of one thousand years to complete the inhabitation process. Most scientist’s timeline is between one hundred and one hundred thousand years, I believe one hundred is much too short and we would be moving to fast and possibly make a mistake along the way. One hundred thousand on the other hand is too long, earths population would be far too high and we would need another environment sooner.
This is a relatively short amount of time if you compare it to how long it took a rover to reach mars. The most recent launch to mars (Curiosity) took 253 days to fly to and land on mars. The issue is to get this short of a time we can only launch the rockets once every two years. When mars and Earths orbits are the closest and when they are right next to each other. To get better times we would have to make the engines push with greater power, but make su... ... middle of paper ... ...n 100 meters.
Is Mars Colonization a Good Idea? Among celestial bodies in our solar system, Mars is remarkable in that it possesses all the raw resources required to sustain not only life, but a new branch of individual evolution. The time to colonize Mars would certainly be required when the Earth becomes uninhabitable as the global warming rises up. When that happens, Mars has the potential to become the most habitable planet in our solar system. Nevertheless, even with positive extrapolation of robotic manufacturing techniques, Mars will not have the labor required to make it fully self-sufficient; until and unless its population is in millions.
The idea to colonize Mars is thought to be a long shot but researchers believe it is possible. It’s crazy to think that one day there could be another planet like Earth. However, the researchers for the Mars-one program have been figuring out ways to do it. Mars is about 35 million miles away from the earth so one of the hardest parts of it all will be getting there (UCSB). To successfully colonize Mars you need to know; how to get there, who would go, and how to survive once you’re there.
Technological advancements have made it conceivable for NASA to begin human missions to Mars by 2030 (“NASA’s Bolden”). The scientific community is working diligently on ways to reduce the cost of colonizing Mars, but undoubtedly it will cost billions of dollars to establish and maintain a permanent colony on the planet. Although opponents of space colonization believe it’s a waste of money to invest in Mars, Mars colonization has the potential to alleviate the overpopulated Earth's declining resources of water, fossil fuels, food and jobs. The demand on earth for its resources at this current level is one that will be impossible to maintain in the future. Global warming is clear evidence that the current global population and industrialization has put the sustainability of Earth in doubt.
John F. Kennedy Said "We choose to go to the moon, not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard." Recently, between the months of April and august in the year 2013 the mars one team began taking this quote to the next level by opening an application process. During this application process the mars one team received an astonishing number of applicants exceeding over 78,000 applications from 120 different countries (CNN). The applicants willing applied knowing this is a one way ticket, there is no way back. The mars one project is a not-for-profit organization that plans to establish a permanent human settlement on the red planet also known as mars in the year 2023.
The next mission was titled Galileo Millennium Mission which lasted till 2001. Europa and Io are the two main focuses of this mission but there were also studies done on the effect Jupiter’s radiation was having on the spacecraft. Unfortunately, Galileo began to run out of the fuel it needed to fine-tune its orbit and continue to have its antenna pointed the correct way to earth. Rather than taking the risk of losing control of the space craft and having it crash into the moon Europa, contaminating it, they decided to have it crash into Jupiter’s atmosphere in September of 2003.
“I think humans will reach Mars, and I would like to see it happen in my lifetime” was said by Buzz Aldrin, a NASA astronaut. The former American aeronaut from Montclair, New Jersey believes that since Mars does exist, it is waiting to be reached by humans. When this would happen, he says that the human race would “evolve into a two-planet species.” Present day Mars has a lot of canyons, mountains and volcanoes. Even though the surface is Mars is very old, scientists learned about different younger rift valleys, plains, hills and ridges. According to recent reports, there were lakes and rivers, along with an ocean billions of years ago.