Our future with the Colonization of Mars

     Mars also known as the “Red Planet” has spiked interest in humans for years, seeing as how alike it is to our very own planet earth. Starting with a timeline of our exploration; Russia started in the 1960s with 5 failure flybys, in 1964 America had the very first successful flyby done by the mariner 4, this provided us with the very first close up photos of Mars. With multiple complications and failure orbits and flybys we never actually touched until Russia crash landed the “Mars 2” on May 9th, this became the first human artifact to hit the native planet. The first successful landing was Russia’s “Mars 3” which left earth May 28th and landed December 9th. This gave us a 20 second video clip of the planet as well as surface temperatures and atmospheric composition. 

Some say that we can colonize mars into being our “planet b” but we have already gotten a head start of emitting CO2 into the atmosphere and leaving harmful metals to deteriorate into the ground. 8 rovers are currently on mars, broken due to weather or technical difficulties. 3 more are scheduled to be set into orbit in 2021.  Scientists fear that we will use mars as a surrogate to get what we want till it’s gone and not actually use it to its full potential. Mars is 53% the size of earth, it is currently a desert planet but has shown signs of once having an ocean. The chemical difference is that Mars’ atmosphere is filled with carbon dioxide and vapor and as you know our atmosphere is made of nitrogen and oxygen.

To begin to adapt to new environments and surroundings we would have to find innovative ways to get our needs such as water, oxygen (trees/plants), food (crops) to the red planet. Along with doing that we are putting ourselves and Mars at risk for bad reactions leading to unpredictable results. New territories are a dangerous thing to mess with and seeing how we treated our own home and how little we cared, I don’t think that we are capable of caring for a different planet.