People have always been fancinated with the Red planet. Its smaller than ours and for many years, we`ve written stories of there being Martians on the planet from War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells through to Tim Burton`s Mars Attacks. Granted, Tim didn`t create the story, he made it into a film.
There have been many missions to Mars from N.A.S.A. and other agencies in the hope of answering whether there is life on Mars. If there is life on Mars, it will be microbial at best, there is nothing on the surface. If there was, we`d have discovered it by now. Just because there`s nothing there now, we can`t discount the fact that life could`ve existed once on the planet when the Magnetic Core was still working like it is on our planet.
It had been theorized that Mars once had water flowing over it and could`ve even had life on the planet during that time. However something happened and the waters receeded back to the ice caps. The following is an artists impression that was released to show what Mars could`ve looked like once.
The new Space Race is to put a man on the red planet and return him safely. At the moment, the only place people are going is back to the moon as a staging post. The task is mammoth to say the least, the fastest time so far a probe has got to Mars is the New Horizons mission to Pluto and that took around 40 days. ref: Planets for Kids. However with that, you didn`t need food or water for craft so that would have to be factored in if we`re going to go Mars because that would affect the speed we`d be travelling at.
All the major space faring nations, United States of America, Russia and China to mention just three all have plans to get to Red planet and colonize. The first step for America though is to have a permanent moonbase from where you can more easily launch craft to outer space because it has a lower gravity. One day, you won`t be taking a holiday to Spain, you`ll be taking a holiday on the Red Planet.
|Position from Sun||4 A.U.|
|Meaning||God of War|
|Volumetric Mean Radius||3390|
|Orbital Period||686.973 Days|
|Length of Day||24.6597|
|Distance from the Sun||227900000.0km from the Sun.|
|Orbit Escape Velocity||5.03|
|Atmosphere||Carbon Dioxide (CO2) - 95.32% ; Nitrogen (N2) - 2.7%, Argon (Ar) - 1.6%; Oxygen (O2) - 0.13%; Carbon Monoxide (CO) - 0.08% \n|