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My unsubstantiated opinion: Why do we explore Mars so much?

28 Nov 2015, 15:50 UTC
My unsubstantiated opinion: Why do we explore Mars so much?
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Why Mars?´╗┐This often used bit of artwork is used to illustrate Ancient Mars as often as it is a terraformed Mars.Sometimes it seems that space exploration is fixated on Mars - odd, considering that it's a radiation bathed desert where the only liquid water is loaded with toxic salts.  And let's be honest: Yes, Mars is a fascinating place in its own right. Yes it can teach us a lot about the evolution of small planets, about climate change, and geology. But the reason why Mars receives more attention than any other world save Earth is that we're looking for the big L. True, some people see it as a place we could make a second home of - a world we could 'terraform' to be Earth like, but the main focus of most space agencies is determining if Mars ever hosted life, so I'll focus on that today.So why Mars? And what are the odds we'll succeed?The answer turns out to be more complicated than you'd think, and based less on the search for life and more on the limits of our spacecraft: Mars is certainly not an ideal place to be seeking out alien life. The surface is a (much!) more hostile version of Antarctica; To ...

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