What NASA has been Planning?
NASA is working hard toward its goal of bringing humans to Mars in the near future. There are many challenges that need to be overcome in order to make this possible, but NASA is determined to make it happen. One of the biggest challenges is ensuring that the astronauts will be safe when they reach Mars. NASA is currently testing different methods of protecting the astronauts from the harsh environment on Mars. They are also working on developing a way to produce food and water for the astronauts once they reach the planet.
While there is still a lot of work to be done, NASA is making great progress and we may see humans on Mars within our lifetime. This would be an incredible achievement and would help us learn a lot about our neighboring planet.
Viking landers – Life on Red Plant
NASA always takes extreme care to clean its spacecraft piece by piece before launch in order to avoid contaminating other planets with terrestrial life. But it’s impossible to actually get the number of microbes in an area down to zero. The Viking landers were no exception-they were meticulously cleaned before being sent to Mars. However, the scientist from Cornell University argues that even with all of the cleaning that was done, some terrestrial life may have still been carried on board, he wrote in BBC. He believes that NASA may have accidentally spread life to the Red Plant. If this is true, it would mean that there is currently some form of life on Mars-an idea that has implications for both science and philosophy.
So what are the implications of this theory? For science, it could mean that we need to start thinking about how life arises and evolves on different planets. For philosophy, it could mean that we need to rethink our definition of life. After all, if there is some form of life on Mars, then it must meet a different criteria than the one we use here on Earth.
Although Cornell scientist’s work is theoretical, there’s an alarming body of evidence – They claimed that images taken by the rovers recently have mushroom-like organisms growing out of the ground.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL)
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) might accidentally serve as a sort of proving grounds for microbial life. If they can successfully land a rover on Mars and have it function for an extended period of time, that would show that there is some level of survivability for microbes in the Martian environment. Of course, it’s also possible that any life on Mars is currently in a dormant state, but the prospect of finding even simple life forms on another planet is pretty exciting.
Since, Mason’s research involved scanning the Jet Propulsion Lab for DNA. He identified that the microorganisms that attach themselves on metal surface and are able to survive extreme temperature conditions, can take a ride to space and can live there.
“The trials of space travel and unusual environments they encounter will have left their mark and caused them to evolve,” Mason wrote.