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Falcon heavy scheduled to lift off in 2017 is one one of the strongest rockets to date to ever take off. Designed to carry an extremely heavy payload in its cone, and supported by all nine engine cores, it will carry supplies into orbit as a test. The hope is that this will increase the possibility of manned mission to mars though the creation of bigger rockets until the side could accompany a manned mission to mars. Though the rocket is not big enough to make the journey to mars, these total cargo is enogh that it could carry a manned mission to mars as well as the engine power to fuel a there and back trip.
Neil Degrasse Tyson, astronomer and director of Hayden Planetarium believes that humans should travel to mars. This is because not only of the increased chance of survival of the human race but also because of the scientific benefit of having people on mars. One such point that he makes is that it could finally disclose the theory that bacterial life started on mars and made its way here on a asteroid. And with this theory finally be able to say if mars ever supported life or not. In a side point he talks about how Mars is also the only habitable planet in the solar system so we must go to mars because its the only option. Though tyson is scheptical on the plausibility of the arrival dates to mars he does believe that we will eventually get there within this millennia.
Stephen Petranek, believes that Humans are going to be on mars in this lifetime. Not only does he explain how this is possible but also a detailed plan of colonizing mars and eventually terraforming to be much like British columbia. This is first through melting the Ice caps on either end of the planned in order to create an atmosphere. though this there will be eventually running water as the planned heats up and threw seeding there will eventually be plant life. Nasa has the technology to make this possible and SpaceX will soon have the Rocket to get us there. One final thing that Stephen Petranek Explain is that government funded space organizations are not going to be around much longer. They are solely being taken over by smaller enterprising companies the can afford to run themselves and it is these companies that are going to get us to mars.
In a study done by harvard, Scientists are quickly coming to realize that the human race is barreling down a hill toward irreversible planetary damage. It is only a matter of time before we start losing entire biomes to our own ignorance. The study also shows that there is also not atmosphere for the human race to polite in the mean time allowing a leeway zone if there need to be some anti environmental machinery on mars.
Though this was designed as activity to be preformed in class, this article demonstrates exactly how the calculations to getting to mars are preformed. Launch windows are incredible complex mathematical problems. In the activity explained it makes assumptions in order to simplify the equation but later goes not to explain some of the variable involved in finding a launch window. Some of the variables mentioned were that mars and earth both have elliptical orbits. This means that there are some forward orbits that have to be factored out. One other variable that was mentioed was Kepler's principle with what makes the rate of the orbits change.
In recent years, Nasa employees discover what are thought to be large ice deposits just under the surface of the Red Planet. NASA engineers working on ways to turn that ice into water. In order to speed up the proses of coming up with a solution to this problem, NASA has invited five other universities to help come up with a solution the the problem. Most of the have come up with the same results so far but all five schools continue to look for a way to extract water from mars. The current theory on how to do that is by setting up some sort of drill system an extracting ice from the ground.
The new Z2 spacesuit is what the mars colonists will be sporting. It is one of the most complicated suits yet designed by NASA. Though in the making of this they did not need to worry about making it safe for near vacuums conditions. One thing they did need to worry about is the excessive milage that will be put on theses suits. Sense unlike most mission the work that these will be sure for will be on a planet with similar gravity to maths. this is going to make it incredible cumbersome to were a large pile of space suit all the time. With all an all new joint system the suits are now more free then ever. They are also extremely easy to enter hurting a large enter hatch on the back.
On mars there are orbital images of craters with seemingly no bottom as well as what looks like Lava tubes running across the surface of mars. This suggests that the possibility for a deep subterranean world and deep caves possible full of water. There is also the possibility of theses caves acting as temporary shelter. This would not only allow humans to store more sensitive material away from cosmic radiation but also preventing the humans from absorbing cosmic radiation. This would then also allow the spaceship from having to bring some sort of shelter.
MOXIE short for Mars Oxygen In siteu utilization Experiment, Is a reverse fuel cell designed for taking resources already on mars and making Oxygen. The hope is that it can be sent with astronauts to make breathable air for the crew once on the planet. Although this has not been tested it is hoped that on the next mission the prototype of moxie will be sent to test weather the device actually works. If found that it works then a version of it will then be sent to mars in help of colonization. This version of it will also be able to scale up in size to meet the oxigen production demands. This device will be one of the more crucial demands for a manned mission to mars.
Mars must be colonized, this is because If we don't every second we stay on earth brings us closer to our inevitable extincition. This Is because Earth is extremely likely to get hit by asteroids. It is only a matter of time Before one large enough comes into he atmosphere and obliterates arts and everything with it. This is not even that big of an asteroid, it would only take one about the size of a football field to destroy earth and one only the side of a soccer field to kill all life on earth. This is why we must colonize mars. If we spread the human race across two planet then If one gets taken out then the human species does not go extinct because there was people on the other planet to continue to thrive.