|Why would people want to live on Mars?|
This is a good question! Not everyone would be
willing to live on Mars because it could be
dangerous, but imagine how exciting it would
be to live on another planet! You would be playing
a major role in history and you would see and
learn so much along the way. Throughout history,
humans have felt the need to explore and to expand
their territory, and this is just another step in
Another reason to send people to Mars is
because whenever society is faced with big goals,
like making it possible to live on Mars, we see
major advances in technology. In order to have
people living on Mars, we will need to develop new
ways for recycling materials, harnessing solar
energy, and many other types of technology.
These advances in technology will also improve
our lives on Earth.
Many people want to live on mars for the
excitement! It would be an exciting adventure
to live on another planet. Another reason would be
for research -- to explore another planet and
collect new information.
Living on Mars would be a great
adventure We've explored almost all of the
earth now, and we've walked on the moon, so Mars
is the next big unexplored piece of land that we
might be able to go to. Some people worry that
life on earth would die, and they want people to
travel to Mars and even to other solar systems, so
there would still be people alive somewhere. I
think that's silly, because living on the other
planets, and getting to the other planets, is so
difficult. I think our best plan is to keep
earth as a place where we can live. The sun
will start to die in about 5 billion years, but
nothing lasts forever.
There isn't a whole lot of reason to live on
Mars right now, although in the future that might
change for many possible reasons. Mars would be
a great place to do science, though, because
there are many unanswered questions that we would
need to travel to Mars in order to answer.
I am a field geologist, and I spend weeks at a
time in mountain ranges studying rocks that hold
clues to Earth's history. I would love to live
on Mars so that I could do field geology
there. A better understanding of the geologic
history of Mars would lead to a better
understanding of the history of the Solar System
and Earth as well.
However, if you are not a field geologist or a
scientist interested in studying Mars, there is no
great reason to live on Mars at the moment. It
is a very cold, distant, inhospitable place.
But if the climate of the Earth changes
significantly for the worse (as many scientists
fear is ongoing), or if an asteroid or comet
impacts Earth, or if a nuclear war or some other
cataclysm occurs, the survival of humans may
depend on our ability to survive in other
locations in the Solar System or beyond. In fact,
it is guaranteed that at some point in the future,
Earth will no longer be able to support human
life. Even though Mars is so inhospitable, it is
very important that we begin figuring out how to
live there, and elsewhere, beyond Earth.
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