The Future of Mankind on Mars

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The Future of Mankind on Mars

NASA’s rough sketch of how they will get to Mars.

NASA’s rough sketch of how they will get to Mars.

Courtesy of NASA

NASA’s rough sketch of how they will get to Mars.

Courtesy of NASA

Courtesy of NASA

NASA’s rough sketch of how they will get to Mars.

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With NASA advancing more technology, the near future of mankind on Mars is getting closer and closer every year. Mars is the closest planet that can possibly be habitable by humans. NASA plans on sending humans there on a one way trip in the 2030s (NASA). The trip to Mars is to see if humans really can survive there in the case that Earth is no longer in living conditions. As the growing number of studies and research progresses, it is very intriguing to learn about the Red Planet and its newfound information.

Biologists at Wageningen University are testing crops in the martian-like soil to see if they will grow in these states (NBC). The soil is made of volcanic terrestrial rocks made by NASA. Pig manure and infant worms are added to the soil as well (NBC). Eating the dead organic matter, the worms help fill the Martian dirt with nutrients needed for proper plant growth. Even though it is not natural for plants on Mars, the soil can be efficiently used in a closed environment. It is great news for the future knowing that worms can fertilize plants and reproduce in such unorthodox conditions.

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Mars can possibly be mankind’s other home. Because of its close proximity and some similar Earth conditions, if our home is no longer habitable, Mars will be the best option. Agreeing with that notion, Nick Deang (10) believes that “it is so interesting to witness technological advances for the mission to Mars. I am excited to see what happens in the future.” With the expansion of science and learning, people on Mars could possibly be a norm in the near future. In the end, the mission to Mars is closer than it seems and can be our new home away from home.

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