Humanity is ready to explore Mars, but to reach the Red Planet NASA and other space agencies around the world are now focusing on going to the Moon and building lunar orbiters to ease up traveling to Mars. However, as for the Red Planet, the scientists plan a Mars human colony, Martian helicopters, and a thorough search for alien life on the Red Planet.
In 2020, NASA will launch its long-awaited Mars 2020 rover which would have the mission to estimate the likelihood that extraterrestrials have inhabited Mars in its early history. Mars 2020 rover would touchdown Mars equipped with Martian helicopters that would survey the planet from the above and study regions where the robot can’t reach.
“The altitude record for a helicopter flying here on Earth is about 40,000 feet. The atmosphere of Mars is only one percent that of Earth, so when our helicopter is on the Martian surface, it’s already at the Earth equivalent of 100,000 feet up. To make it fly at that low atmospheric density, we had to scrutinize everything, make it as light as possible while being as strong and as powerful as it can possibly be,” said Mimi Aung from NASA.
Mars Human Colony, Martian Helicopters And The Search For Alien Life
While the goal of the Mars 2020 rover and its Martian helicopters are the US space agency’s plans to examine the Red Planet further starting from 2020, other countries around the world, as well as some US-based private space companies, plan to deliver their own probes to Mars. In this regard, China’s Mars program, which has started since 2009, will end up by deploying a Mars probe also in 2020.
China’s mission to the Red Planet would also search for alien life on Mars. Besides China and the US, ESA is also planning to send a probe to Mars. More interestingly, the United Arab Emirates plans to launch its first interplanetary mission to Mars in 2021 with the goal of conducting some scientific operations on the Red Planet.
Last but not least, SpaceX and its owner, Elon Musk, plan to establish a Mars human colony as soon as 2024. However, SpaceX would send an initial mission to the Red Planet in 2022, which would carry some cargo there with the goal of putting in place the “initial power, mining and life support infrastructure.”
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