Minding Our Magnetism to Mars

February 7, 2012 at 9:01 PM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, science and technology, web gossip)

Many of the recent studies are showing that Mars once was a planet alive.  It is not fully known as to whether or not any actual life was there.  At least, I have not read any such fully-explained details.  However, I have encountered one e-article which described Mars being a world with the potential to harbor life, but how it died before anything could be sustained.

N.A.S.A. has deployed several missions to study the fourth world of our solar system.  It began during 1964, when Mariner 4 was sent on a flyby trip to Mars.  During this journey, the first photographs of Mars were taken, then sent to be examined by humanity.  Along with N.A.S.A., the space program of the former Soviet Union sent unmanned probes to this planet, also collecting information used to gain a greater understanding of Mars.

The Mariner 4 mission did collect information, showing that Mars never sustained any levels of advanced life.  It’s atmosphere always has been too thin to harbor the currently known ingredients that make life possible.  Some speculations have suggested that Mars may have held simple, possibly microbial levels of life, before the world died altogether.

Other studies of Mars included The M-69 orbiter, and The Mars Probe Program, from The Soviet Union.  These missions studied the atmosphere, landscape, and physical structures of Mars.  Two of their initial attempts to reach the planet were unsuccessful, but The U.S.S.R. succeeded with sending a Proton K Rocket, then the Mars 4M spacecraft.  The Soviet Union achieved several accomplished, unmanned missions to Mars before the collapse of their space program, and their nation.

N.A.S.A. was successful with having Mars Odyssey and Mars Express Orbiter to land on our fourth world at the beginning of the 21st century.  Odyssey reached Mars during 2001, studying the landscape of Mars, and attempting to detect any evidence of life having been on the planet during it’s distant past.  The following year, Odyssey found hydrogen deposits on Mars, showing that large amounts of ice are present at the planet’s south polar region.

Lockheed Martin, assisted by The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, sent an orbiter to Mars during 2005.  The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reached the planet, sustaining orbit, by March 10, 2006.  It’s studies have provided information, including the levels of sub-surface minerals, the amounts of water-ice, and evidence for possible landing locations for future missions.

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission, MAVEN, is a probe that is set to travel to Mars during 2013.  It should reach our fourth world by fall 2014, when it will orbit Mars, and it will gather data to study the planet’s surface.  MAVEN is set to gather understandings of how the deterioration of Mars’ atmosphere over time has affected the world, the current status of the planet’s atmosphere, it’s present capacity for releasing gases and ions into space, and how many isotopes currently are stable within the planet’s atmosphere.

These unmanned missions to Mars are set to occur between 2013 and 2014.  Currently, there are no planned, manned missions to Mars by any nation on our Earth.  It would seem rational to believe that the most successful missions to study this world would be from a combination of nations that choose to send probes, or even people, to Mars.  Yet, as we on Earth all can not get along with each other, it must be assumed that individual factions will continue to scrounge for efforts to reach and to study Mars before anyone or anything else gets there to stay before we do!

The planet Mars








Mars gif


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: