Living On Another Planet: Mars

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Living on Another Planet: Mars Mars is the fourth planet from the sun, the closest neighbor to Earth, and as a planet, is the most similar to our planet out of all the other planets in our solar system. These facts lead to an obvious question. What would it be like to live on Mars? Is such a thing possible, or merely just science fiction? Scientists have worked for many years trying to develop answers to these questions, and even going as far as to launch two rovers on June 10th, 2003. These Mars land rovers, named Spirit and Opportunity (names chosen from a writing contest with students sponsored by NASA), landed on January 4th, 2004. They spent six years travelling over 4 miles doing analysis of the Martian area, climate, and landmass.…show more content…
Temperatures range from 70° F during the summer near the equator, to -195°F in the winter near the poles. Average daily temperatures rarely exceed -80°F. This massive swell in range of temperatures makes inhabiting the planet very challenging. As displayed from the video in my presentation, scientists are already hard at work trying to conquer this task. With the burning of extremely harmful greenhouse gases, we could stand to solve this problem by doing what we already do to pollute our own planet, just in a much more helpful scale. The dust storms that plague the surface of Mars are another topic to consider. While a storm is usually just a temporary headache, dust storms on Mars are quite common and strong, and further limit solar power to the surface. The largest of these storms can cover much of the entire surface of the planet and commonly last for months at a time. With habitation, this could also be lessened, but constantly having buildings and equipment destroyed would be something that would have to be addressed properly and some sort of working solution be implemented before any sort of progress could

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