Planet Mars: Why are we so interested in it?

Since November 5th 1964, when the Mariner 3 was launched to Mars, the human fascination of this planet has sparked theories, ideas and imaginings for the future.

First known to be recorded by Egyptian astronomers in 2000 BCE (approx.), the planet has since be named Mars, after the Roman god of War, and the Red Planet.

Image showing Mars and the reason why it is red.

Image showing Mars and the reason why it is red.

Facts about the Red Planet:

  • Known Moons: 2 (Phobos and Deimos)
  • Equatorial Circumference: 21,297 km
  • Orbital Period: 1.88 Earth Years
  • Surface temperature: -87°c to -5°c

Fantastic Fact: Mars’ largest feature is its volcano, Olympic Mons. The volcano is 21 km in height and 600 km wide. Scientists have identified lava flows that are so recent that they believe that the volcano is active and not dormant as previously thought.

Before the Space Missions:

Before the space missions were possible to reach Mars, scientists could still analyse Mars as millions of years before, Mars had produced galactic debris in the place of meteorites. This meteorites carried traces of the thin Martian atmosphere and scientists could collect information on the history of Mars.

The Theory of Possible Life: Past and Present:

Is there water on Mars? Is there life on Mars? Was there life on Mars? These are all commonly asked questions but one is a subject that has no become a priority for NASA and space explorers to discover: can we live on Mars?

There are several factors that will eventually decide the possibility of our future on Mars. Mars was once a watery planet but as its atmosphere evolved, it became thinner and any water that was there evaporated, leaving it dry.

That then could provide an answer to another question. Mars used to have water, solid ground and a reasonable temperature so that could equate to the relevance and reality of beings.

However, to conclude, there is no reality of truth to the assumption that we could live on Mars as it is currently inhospitable to live on.

We do not have the technology to transport materials effectively and there would be serious consequences to living on Mars.

But perhaps, in the future, things will change…