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Predicting Human Landings on Mars

China News
13 Jan 2020, 10 GMT+10

Since the landing of the Viking Lander spacecraft on Mars in 1976, we've heard rumors of planned missions to the planet. None has materialized yet, but the rumors were fueled further in 2018 by the news that there was evidence of water on the red planet. Scientists are keen on finding further evidence that human exploration is possible in the near future, and soon, we could have humans making a landing on Mars.

Nothing is concrete yet, and as a matter of fact, bookmakers are gaining interest in the matter, with odds provided for the timing of human landing on the planet.

However, NASA has outlined a plan to have a group of explorers travel to Mars between mid-July and early August, when both Earth and Mars are well positioned for landing on Mars, as opposed to other times when both planets take different positions in their respective orbits.

What we know about Planet Mars

The world is gaining a lot of interest on human landing on Mars, and that can only mean one thing; we're nearly there. But how much do we know about the Planet Mars?

Planet Mars is also known as the Red Planet because according to scientists, it appears wholly red as it is made up mostly of iron oxide.

Mars is half Planet Earth's size, and colder.

A day on Mars is longer than a day on Earth.

One year on Mars is equivalent to 687 days on Earth.

The world waits to see who makes the first human landing on the Red Planet, whether it will be NASA, Blues Origin, or a commercial agency such as Boeing. So far, no one knows when, or who will make the first claim, but when it happens, it is going to be such a milestone. That is for sure. Scientists have continually backed the above information as facts, but a human landing should certainly give us a better idea of how it is on Mars. Much of the information available is not factual, but not before long, we'll have more information.

NASA 2020 Mars Exploration Program

NASA, a U.S. government agency looks like your best bet for the first human landing on Mars, with tentative dates already set. Under the Mars Exploration Program, the launch date is set for between July 17 and August 5, 2020 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It will be expected to land on February 18, 2021 at Jezero Crater on Mars. The mission will take place for a whole Martial year, which is about 687 days on Earth.

Human exploration in Mars

The Mars mission in 2020 by NASA will be about addressing high priority science goals, firstly, to resolve the likelihood of potential life on Mars. NASA's interest will be based not only on the habitual prospects of the planet, but also the signs and evidence for past microbial life. They intent to look at possible challenges that humans could face in Mars, for example, the production of oxygen from the Martian atmosphere, subsurface water, landing techniques, and potential environmental conditions that could possible affect the lives of explorers.

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