Living On Mars (What Would Life Be on Mars?).

Living On Mars (What Would Life Be on Mars?)

This is about how it would be to live on the planet Mars. How about you’re only half your Earth age? So if you want to know how life on Mars might be, this article is for you. Let’s jump right in! What Would It Be Like To Live on Mars? We have fictionally spoken and written about sending Humans to our small neighbor, Mars, for many years.  We have NASA’s Mars Rover permanently on the planet, allowing us to remotely explore and see Mars videos.  Now, we even have genuine plans to send humans to the red planet within a decade.  But have you ever stopped to truly think about what life would be like on Mars?  Let’s assume all necessary technology and equipment is currently available, and let’s find out! Mars – Quick Facts Distance from Sun: 142 million miles Text Message to Earth: Takes about 13 min. Mass: 11% of Earth Width: 50% of Earth Gravity: 38% of Earth Length of Day: 25 hours (1.04 x 1 Earth Day) Length of Year: 687 days (1.88 x 1 Earth year) Average Temperature: -85º F Pressure: 1% of Earth Moons: 2 Rings: No Your Typical Day on Mars Your mornings and days on Mars would feel somewhat familiar to those on Earth.  Your Sun would rise and set quite similarly to Earth in that the day is only one hour longer at 25 hours.  However, as you explore your new home, you see a much different environment.  Mars is infamously red because of rusting iron throughout its dusty surface.  This dust also creates an orange-colored, hazy sky that blurs the Sun and causes its surrounding areas to appear slightly blue in color. To help your homesickness, Mars has what could easily be its own national parks. For instance, Olympus Mons, which is the largest known volcano in our solar system.  Towering at a breath-taking 88 thousand feet, this giant is three times as high as Mount Everest.  Plan your trip to Olympus carefully, as many astronomers believe it may still be active. If you never got to see the Grand Canyon on Earth, never fear.  You can plan a trip to visit Valles Mariners. This vast system of valleys spans as far as the continental United States.  Its valleys can reach almost five miles deep. That’s nearly six times as long and five times deeper than Earth’s Grand Canyon. Your Typical Night on Mars Unlike life on Mercury or Venus, your night sky would be full of action.  You would instantly notice a canvas of thousands of shining stars from end to end.  Since your new nights are almost the same length as Earth, you would feel comfortable knowing that you could fall asleep and wake up to a new day. Unlike the inner-most three planets (Mercury, Venus, and Earth), you have not one but two Moons, named Phobos and Deimos.  Named after the horses that pulled the Roman god of war, Ares’ chariot, Phobos means “fear,” and Deimos means “panic.”  But, despite their names, there’s no need to be alarmed.  Even from your new planet, your Moons will appear very small and underwhelming in the night sky.  Phobos is 14 miles wide, and smaller Deimos is only 8 miles wide.  Occasionally, both Moons will rise together in the night sky. You will definitely want to pack your telescope. That will be quite a sight to see. Your Typical Year on Mars Your new calendar year, despite its extreme dangers, has some silver linings. It is nearly twice as long as an Earth year, but with that comes seasons that are twice as long, too.  Because your planet is slightly tilted on its axis, like Earth, you will experience all four seasons.  Your new Spring lasts seven months, your Summer six months, your Autumn 5 months, and Winter four months. For most of us, that’s ideal. At only 38% of Earth’s gravity, you can jump three times as high, lift weight three times as easily, and you now only weigh around one-third of your Earth-weight.  Once you get used to controlling your body in this new environment, it may not be too shabby.  Not to mention, you are now only around half of your Earth age.  In other words, if you were 30 years old when you left Earth, you will be turning 16 on Mars. This is perfect timing because you can now legally drive the Mars Rover Curiosity.  That is, assuming your new planet has the same legal driving age or licenses in general.  Your Local Weather Forecast Your local forecast is very dusty with a chance of hot or cold.  Due to your sparse atmosphere, your sky and environment are almost always very hazy with iron-rich dust. This is also what causes the red-orange-colored skies around you.  You will often experience increasing winds that cause severe dust storms that cover your new planet entirely. You will want to keep an eye out for these.  Your biggest concern will be the extremely high amount of radiation let in by incoming sunlight with your thin atmosphere. We recommend inventing an SPF 1,000,000 sunscreen before your move-in on Mars. Since your new atmosphere is only 1% as dense as Earth’s, heat and cold are not easily trapped, so your temperatures will fluctuate quickly.  Though your temperature is typically around -80º Fahrenheit, it can suddenly jump up to around 70º F by the equator during your Summers. Afternoon rainstorms are highly likely, but you will never see a single drop hit the Mars surface because of your extremely dry climate.  If you live around the poles, where you have large frozen icecaps, you may occasionally experience snowstorms. However, these storms differ from Earth in that they are flakes of dry ice. For Sale! Are you looking for extended Springs and Summers, starry night skies, and an additional Moon?  Are your allergies unaffected by dust, and you truly appreciate the colors orange and red?  Then, Mars may be the perfect place for you.  But, with its extremely cold temperatures and risk for fatal radiation, you will …

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10 Fascinating Facts About Mars.

10 Fascinating Facts About Mars

These are 10 fascinating facts about Mars. From the tallest mountain in our solar system to applying for a one-way ticket. So if you want to know 10 fascinating facts about mars and maybe make it your new home, then you’re in the right place. Let’s get right into it! 10 Mars Facts Mars is one of Earth’s closest neighbors. It’s also the focus of mankind’s likely next journey into space.  But, don’t be deceived. Even being right next door, we know very little about this mysterious little red planet.  Humans have studied Mars for centuries, and it is one of the few naked-eye planets.  So, enjoy these 10 amazing facts about Mars: #1 Mars Used to Have Water Astronomers have searched for the presence of water on Mars for centuries.  Water plays a key role in determining whether life could have existed on Mars in the past.  More recent studies and remote explorations show canals carved in Mars’ terrain that could have only been created by water flow.  Determining the presence of water is important to scientists simply because it’s a “must have” in the search for life beyond Earth. #2 Winner: Tallest Mountain in Our Solar System (on a Planet) One of the red planet’s most infamous features is a former volcano, Olympus Mons.  It also takes the medal for the tallest mountain in our solar system, towering at 13.7 miles high.  We have heard of 14ers or seen pictures of the legendary Mount Everest.  Olympus Mons dwarf these structures, reaching over 70,000 feet into the Martian skies.  In other words, you could stack Mount Everest 2.5 times and still not reach as high as Olympus Mons.  Or, you could stack the largest U.S. mountain, Denali, three times and still have 12,000 feet to spare.  Even though Olympus Mons is billions of years old, its Laval flow evidence indicates it may still be active. #3 Pieces of Mars Can Be Found on Earth Mars, like several inner planets (including Earth), was pummeled by asteroids in its past.  However, Mars has a very low gravity (38% of Earth).  As asteroids hit Mars, debris from its surface escape gravity and go shooting out into space.  As this rogue debris floats around the solar system, some of it is trapped by Earth’s gravity and lands on our planet.  NASA has shown that Mars rocks found on Earth are practically identical in composition to surface samples obtained by their Viking Landers in previous decades. #4 Same Seasons, Twice as Long Since Mars is tilted on its axis, it goes through seasons, similar to Earth.  However, Martian seasons last twice as long and feel much more extreme than ours.  Though the overall temperature is more frigid than Earth (average of -85º F), it can jump quickly.  Mars has a little-to-no atmosphere, so heat and cold are not easily trapped, allowing the temperature to rapidly change. #5 Polar Ice Caps Mars is the only planet besides Earth to show ice caps on its poles.  The planet was first observed through a telescope by Galileo Galilei in 1610.  By the end of the century, Mars’ polar ice caps were discovered. This ice has been a significant factor in searching for past, present, or potential future life on the Red Planet. #6 Named after the Roman god of war, Mars The name comes from the planet’s reddish hue, caused by large amounts of iron oxide (rust) on Mars’ surface. This is also what gives it the more informal name, the Red Planet. #7 Mars Will Have a Ring in the Future Mars has two small known moons, Phobos and Deimos.  The moons are slowly orbiting closer and closer to the Martian surface.  Eventually (millions of years from now), one of them will collide with Mars, and most of its debris will fly out into orbit around the planet.  The result will be a tiny, thin ring. #8 More than 100,000 people have applied to live on Mars Whether it’s caused by Matt Damon, or something else, thousands of people want a one-way ticket to Mars in 2022.  The Mars One project hopes to colonize the Red Planet, beginning in 2022.  Application fees range from $15 to $40, depending on which country you reside in. However, very little of the mission seems to be successfully orchestrated as of now.  Perhaps it will not happen, and the Mars One organization will pocket millions of dollars? #9 Mars Is Entirely Populated by Robots There IS life on Mars. But, it’s exclusively robotic life currently.  Presently, seven remotely operated vehicles at the Red Planet perform a myriad of different experiments and observations.  There are four orbiting space vehicles, mostly observing atmospheric and surface conditions.  And, there are three surface vehicles, mainly investigating the planet’s surface composition and terrain. #10 A Robot Sang Happy Birthday to Itself on Mars We end our 10 amazing facts about Mars with a bitter-sweet fact:  On its one-year anniversary of landing on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity Rover “sang” happy birthday to itself.  The equipment that analyses samples vibrates at various frequencies to move surface dust.  The frequencies usually sound like typical robotic frequencies.  But, NASA temporarily tweaked them to perform a happy-birthday-like melody.  What a lonely birthday is singing to itself, over 200 million miles from home.