Mars with its biggest volcano in the Solar system, largest canyon, and mysterious dry riverbeds never cease to amaze us with minds full of adventurous dreams to venture out of our comfy little homes onto the Red Planet that is by far the most astronaut-friendly planet in the universe. Multiples of probes have been sent to Mars to explore the planet and Curiosity rover has successfully taken pictures of the geographical features so that we can have a better understanding of Mars. The adrenaline rush brought by the first successful manned mission to the Moon certainly left all the astronomy enthusiasts into fascination and at the same time wondering: when are we going to Mars?
SpaceX are currently working on projects
It takes about 26 months for the Earth to make a close approach with Mars and around 9 months to reach Mars. The journey has to consider the sufficient food supply, the budget, the most energy-efficient’s transportation, mental health as well as the protection from cosmic radiation for the astronauts. Major organizations such as NASA and SpaceX are currently working on projects to send humans to Mars by the 2030s. This isn’t a competition, it’s rather a great opportunity for both companies to work together to accomplish a very important breakthrough in Science for the humankind. Going to Mars isn’t just a dream, it is totally feasible and for now, it is just a matter of time and effort we have to sacrifice,
NASA and SpaceX are currently working on projects to send humans to Mars by the 2030s and this isn’t a competition
Pros of going to Mars:
- Terraforming Mars to make it hospitable for humans in the future.
- Humans could conduct research on the spot to gain a better understanding of the red planet and possibly searching for water and extraterrestrial life.
- It is extremely important for the survival of humans as our own habitat is getting polluted.
- Building trust among the people that Science isn’t about talking rubbish and wasting time and resources.
Cons of going to Mars:
- It will be costly and time-consuming.
- It is irresponsible and foolish to just leave the polluted world behind and spend time on other stuff.
- It is risky or dangerous as accidents may happen during the journey.
- It could just be an one-way trip for the astronauts if something went wrong.