How’s it looking for Mars?
Throughout the development of worldwide culture, reflected in the countless stories and films, the question of Mars continued to occupy a central position as the enigmatic pinnacle of science fiction for many years. From authors like Ray Bradbury and Lovecraft, portraying sibylline visions of the distant planet, to obnoxious movies with Schwarzenegger like Total Recall, Mars has been imagined inside and out.
Quite recently, however, we slowly began to grasp the necessary techniques and discover the vast potential of terraforming this butterscotchy neighbor into a liveable and functional planet. It’s worth mentioning that, just like all the other research processes unrelated to Covid-19, the achievements in space projects haven’t been as salient in the media as of recent.
Media glare on Mars
In 2020, America launched a mission for Mars in hopes of gathering essential information on the geological structure of the surface and the operation of other physical properties like gravity and its effects on flight. Thus, amongst another exploratory tech, the cargo contains the first-ever Mars-copter to conduct further testing on the physics of extraterrestrial flight.
Despite the pandemic wreaking economic disasters and bending governmental health resources, space programs remain quite active. In 2021 we can expect some exciting and international prospects for the planet of Mars, led by America, China, and the UAE.
This month, NASA’s martian-rover should be arriving into the orbit of the red planet, as well as Tianwen-1 launched by the Chinese government, which seeks to begin an in-depth exploration of the Martian surface.
UAE’s Hope shuttle should also be entering Mars’ orbit around the same time, promising to actively share the gathered information with international agents.
What has NASA’s rover told us about Mars?
NASA’s rover called Perseverance will arguably be the most sophisticated piece of tech to land on the planet as of yet. They themselves referred to it as a ‘robotic astrobiologist which aims to synthesize oxygen from the elements present in Mars’ atmosphere, as well as thoroughly scan the surface, detecting undiscovered signs of life. Still, despite the intricacy and eloquence of the design, we need more time to get accustomed to the requirements of Mars.
So far, it appears inconceivable to consider moving to Mars’ surface anytime soon. The current state of organized action seems to be at the study/exploratory phase, although hope shines from the fact that there exists reasonable international cooperation on the subject matter, helping to catalyze the process of martian empirical research.
Is a manned mission even possible?
Manned missions to Mars aim to begin their descent in the 2030s, though the conditions present on the planet are inevitably destructive to the human body and increasingly so over time. Elements like radiation and minimal gravity rapidly take their toll, so a protection program is necessary. Consequently, scientists predict that we will need to incept genetic modification so as to be able to cope with the severe elemental forces. For this and more, stay tuned on SalamWebToday!
(Written by Hussein Al-Bahir)