For the lucky astronauts on a mission to Mars — the kind that NASA hopes to mount in the s — there will be no shortage of things to worry about during the two-year round trip. A meteoroid could puncture their spacecraft. A solar flare could dose them with dangerous radiation. An Apollo 13 -like explosion could send them careening off course or cause their life-support equipment to break down. The astronauts can also forget about commiserating freely with their families or getting real-time advice from friends and colleagues back home. During the latter part of the voyage, conversations between the spaceship and Earth will involve 45 minutes of silence after each utterance as radio waves bounce back and forth.
Why go to Mars?
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The curators funnel this panoply of ideas into book chapters with action-verb titles— Imagining Mars , Arrive , Survive , Thrive —and chock full of artwork ranging from ancient drawings to futuristic renderings. All of which prompts the question: Why bother? Or is visiting Mars an earnest, almost mythical, quest to explore the great unknown? Either way, the collected work makes a few things clear:. The ensuing speculation that there might be intelligent life there led to pop-culture depictions of Martians as sinister threats to humankind, as H. Wells exploited in his novel The War of The Worlds above left , a tale that created widespread panic when Orson Welles read it aloud on CBS Radio in and listeners mistook it for a news flash.
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After a nerve-wracking seven-minute descent, NASA's Perseverance rover successfully touched down on Mars on Thursday afternoon, as part of one of the agency's most ambitious deep-space missions to search for signs of ancient life on the red planet. Perseverance launched from the Florida coast last July , and after a seven-month journey through the cosmos, successfully to touched down on Mars' Jezero Crater at p. ET on Thursday.
Teachers, not yet a subscriber? A human mission to Mars once seemed the stuff of science fiction. But thanks to major advancements, reaching—and surviving on—the Red Planet could become a reality in our life-time.