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Mars exploration is giving us valuable insight into our neighboring planet. Can we live there? Have other things or humans lived there before? It's difficult for us to imagine how it's like to be up there, but all the expeditions made by NASA can give us an inside of what the planet looks like and if it can be a good place to live. With these pictures from NASA, earthlings are developing more questions than answers.
The NASA Mars exploration program or MEP has a simple mission statement. They want to “explore Mars and to provide a continuous flow of scientific information.” We are totally into finding out more about this red universe, but is there a reason we shouldn’t? Do you think your ready to see what they are discovering in the solar system?
Let’s start with something sweet! NASA captured this image in 2004, and science geeks got very excited and hungry! The small dots when you zoom in are multiple spherical rocks. How did these rocks form such smooth surfaces, and are they actually blue?
When NASA first released a close up of these rocks, they had some explaining to do. The first images released had a blue tinge to the spheres, making everyone gasp at the beautiful natural color rock formation. NASA explained that while editing the images, they “correct the images to reflect Earth sunlight,” so, unfortunately, the grey is the natural tone.
In 1976 NASA’s Viking 1 spacecraft captured this haunting photo. How did a perfect shape face appear on the sands of Mars, and who was forming them? Were we looking at someone lying down on a planet we still can’t breathe on? The zoomed-in image will make you feel a little better and hopefully not keep you awake!
With today’s scientific development in 2001, NASA ended a thirty-year debate. When they zoomed-in to explain what this face rock meant, they found that the rock wasn’t as defined as they thought. Sun shadows and also the angle of the camera are mainly to blame, but some people are still holding out hope this was the first sign of intelligent life.
The picture was taken in 2014 by the Mars Curiosity rover, and there’s no denying it looks like a thigh or femur bone. Who did it belong to, and how long had it been waiting to be discovered? Unfortunately, NASA has an iron tight answer to give to the skeptics, no jokes about it. Hold onto your magnifying glass for the explanation!
NASA didn’t waste any time explaining this one to the public. “Mars likely never had enough oxygen in its atmosphere and elsewhere to support more complex organisms. Thus, large fossils are not likely.” Unfortunately, the jokes on us, but can we kiss frogs and find a prince on the red solar system?
Is that a frog trapped in outer space or another rock photobomb? Spotted by an avid space fan and a critical YouTube audience member, Jason Hunter was excited to point out his discovery. The image comes from more of the 2014 Mars Curiosity rover expedition. but this wasn't the first time frogs were spotted in space!
The picture was debunked as scientists pointed out the frog wasn’t moving in the windy climate. Frogs are popular space travelers and have done a service to the astronaut community. They first safely went to space with USSR spaceship Vostok 3A and were onboard when astronaut Andrian Nikolayev communicated with fellow astronaut Pavel Popovich in Vostok 4 rocket. This was the first radio communication between two space crafts.
Hold on to your helmets because you might get swept away! Captured by the maintenance spacecraft camera, these tornados are prone to happen during Spring & Summer on Mars. We can probably thank them for moving the dust and dirt around to capture new images and make our next conspiracy theories on the planet.
Staying safe while looking down below is exactly what this image of the tornado paints a vivid picture! What other gems would these winds blow up or maybe even destroy? The winds move up to 110km/h, so you would definitely need a sturdy shelter, or maybe something underground? The next picture brings all your silver screen science fiction to life!
This exciting discovery happened last year! An image from the Mars Curiosity rover had a white light in the background. Immediately theories developed on intergalactic communities reaching out to communicate! Was this the first hard evidence of life existing on Mars? Unfortunately, NASA was quick to explain it was most likely just a reflection from the sun. Choose what you want to believe but if houses were built on Mars we know what they would look like!
This architectural style has been around since 1951 when the design was patented by Buckminster Fuller. The design has many pros versus the traditional style we insist on building our communities around. The dome houses are stronger due to the triangle design and more energy efficient. They also require fewer materials to build and less space. The concept of living on Mars has always been spoken about but NASA is starting to design houses based on this sphere template!
What could cause such deep and wide set tracks on the Mars sands? It’s a question that many are asking after footage from the Curiosity rover sent back this image to earth. Could it be an SVU? Does intelligent life on Mars have a preference for cars? The even bigger question does that mean cars still don’t fly, even on Mars?
Created by Carnegie Melon University, Zoe has never been to space, but she is funded by NASA for future projects. Currently, in Chile, she is used for drilling projects and has been successful in finding different undiscovered microbes in the soil. She is used as the main comparison for tracks that would be left on Mars. With such a difference in size, NASA has yet to make a further statement, except about future gizmos and gadgets!
The newest rover, which was launched last month, is called Pereserverance and is estimated to land on Mars Feb 2021. There is an online countdown to stay up to date with the mission and arrival on Mars. This rover is designed to collect data on ancient civilizations of Mars specifically. We may finally have an answer to whether or not life has survived on Mars, but will we be prepared for the truth?
From possible animals and presidents, we are capturing everything we see on Mars. We don’t think we’ll be forgetting the faces or blueberries any time soon, but what about the results from future missions. Will Perseverance have a successful mission when they touch down in 174 days? Will we be vacationing on Mars in our lifetime?
NASA is attempting to make space exploration less of a scary sci-fi topic. Their entire focus is to answer our questions about the great unknown. What are your thoughts on space and getting on a space journey? Can you imagine the possibility of living in a geodome house there in the next twenty years? Share this article with who you would bring along to Mars! Let’s blast off together and uncover the mystery ourselves!