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MARS - HUM-101 The Red Colony We do not know where this...

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HUM-101 The Red Colony “We do not know where this journey will end, yet we know this: Human beings are headed into the cosmos.” President Bush. The highly anticipated journey to Mars does not have a long way to go. According to the U.S space agency a human space explorer will be able to set foot on Mars no later than the year 2020 and visit other planets of the Solar system in the following decades. Even with the risks involved in going to Mars, humans should still colonize. Many tests are continuously being done to help gain knowledge of the surface and the environment. The more we know about Mars the more we can do to minimize risks. A U.S precision landing craft is expected to land on Mars sometime during 2007 and bring back samples of the surface between 2009 and 2011. There has also been a discovery of icecaps and a large amount of ice water slightly beneath the surface that may further fuel life on Mars. With hydrogen in the picture, a proposed plan to put plants on Mars is in development. The information brought back by spacecrafts may reveal mysteries that only humans will be able to solve. Colonization of Mars will be difficult, but nothing is impossible. Although there have been failed attempts to explore Mars, the lessons learned from the successes and failures of previous missions will help in the development of new ones. Thirty missions to Mars have been mounted by the space agencies of the U.S., Japan, and the former Soviet Union. Ten out of fifteen U.S missions have succeeded. (Exploring Mars) The next step is to send humans to Mars so they can begin to study the environment first hand. NASA Chief Administrator, Daniel Goldin explained the steps designed to prepare for piloted missions to Mars. A probe called Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will take high-resolution pictures of the planet. "It will find the landing spots, not
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just for the robots but for the astronauts," said Goldin. Even with so many tests being
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