So When are We Going to Mars?

Ever since 1969 when first people landed on the surface of the moon, scientists have been dreaming about a journey to the red planet. But will we ever really get to Mars? Why should we even bother going there? When will we get to Mars? What are the main obstacles of flying to Mars? This article will answer all these questions and more.

Why Should We Fly to Mars?

 

Firstly, many people are wondering why we should even bother flying to Mars. The answer is very simple – for the same reasons as for flying to the Moon. First of all, it’s the best way to test the technical capabilities of our space technology. Another great reason is scientific research. Only by flying to Mars we can fully test the surface of the red planet, examine the environment and search for microbes, traces of water or ice.

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Obstacles

 

The main obstacle of flying to Mars is, of course, the distance. The closest distance from Earth to Mars is 54.6 million km (the distance is always changing, due to the fact that both Earth and Mars are always traveling around the Sun). If we were to compare this distance with the distance between Earth and Moon (about 384 403 km.), we would find out that Mars is about 142 times further from Earth. This means that, for instance, Apollo 11 would reach Mars in about 426 days at best (it took about 3 days for Apollo to reach the moon, and since Mars is about 142 further, time of journey to Mars = 3 days X 142times= 426 days). Of course, our technology has advanced since 1969, and we could reach Mars faster. According to NASA scientists, our current rockets could reach Mars in about 6 months (if Earth and Mars were aligned in a right trajectory).

Journey itself is another obstacle. Remember that astronauts need food, oxygen, place to sleep and other basic needs. Furthermore, a spaceship needs a lot of fuel. Even if a spaceship could reach Mars in about 6 months it would be a hell of a journey for astronauts. Imagine sitting in one room for about 1 year, with nothing to do, but fly around with no gravitation.

As for today, it is clear that our technical capabilities are not ready to face the obstacles of such a space journey. But don’t worry we’ll talk about the near future possibilities in this article later.

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11 Responses to “So When are We Going to Mars?”
  1. Authoress Terry E. Lyle Says...

    On April 25, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Great article, I love the space travel and unknown factors of the galaxy I hope we make it to mars soon and then venture further out and meet new life forms.


  2. ronthoughts Says...

    On April 25, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Well informed output!
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    SU’d!


  3. Citra Florenca Says...

    On April 25, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Interesting piece, my question is, in 1969 people had landed on the moon, why in the next 30 years, we are still stuck here..


  4. neha80 Says...

    On April 26, 2010 at 3:29 am

    Interesting post, just today i know more about it. Good subject selection for writing articles. Thanks for sharing this good one.

    Anjal:


  5. drelayaraja Says...

    On April 26, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Very interesting share… its always nice to explore new things. Keep it up


  6. Wilbart26 Says...

    On April 27, 2010 at 11:00 am

    This article is really nice.. You know I have read something about mars and I think we Earthlings already have a base there. Search for some topic I know i have read an article about it before


  7. XXElleXX Says...

    On April 28, 2010 at 8:50 am

    The 10 billion dollar question .. hehe .. a complete waste of resources in my opinion .. nonetheless an interesting write Silentbob :-)


  8. Lolita AntiChrist Says...

    On May 12, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Obama sounds a bit like JFK when he said, ” We will fly to the moon”. Something like that. Anyway, I think it might pan out some vital info. Great read and write.


  9. Rodd Says...

    On June 9, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    lets all go to mars!!! it would be cool + sexy!!


  10. silentbob14 Says...

    On June 9, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Sort of :D


  11. john Says...

    On January 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    i think the earth should join as one and work together to try and go to mars


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