The excitement about Mars just keeps coming and coming! Latest news broadcasts are delivering uplifting information about what seem to be set plans for Earthlings to reach The Red Planet. Yet, the plans still seem to be not as cohesive as needed!
Currently, N.A.S.A. is about to make an announcement. This coming Monday, December 3, 2012, our national space program plans to broadcast details about an allegedly stunning find. The rover Curiosity reportedly has been successful with locating something major during it’s recent explorations. The general public will not know what this is until next week, but it is being pumped with anticipatory excitement!
What could it be? Of course, many would like to speculate that actual traces of life were found! Imagine that some actual traces of life were located from the probings beneath the Martian surface! What could that mean, would that mean? The implications are enormous!
If traces of life have been located, are to be located on Mars, that could justify, would justify the belief that life is abundant throughout the universe. Yet, it likely would be necessary to recapture the understanding about outer space, even our Milky Way, being so vast that life on other worlds may never be identified within any reasonable lengths of a human lifespan. However, a finding of life having been present at a location as close to Earth as Mars should suggest that other life-bearing locations are not that far away from us!
The European Space Agency currently has it’s ExoMars Programme underway. It should arrive at our fourth world during 2016, after a nine month journey. The Trace Gas Orbiter will release the Entry, Descent, and Landing Module (The EDM), to penetrate Mars’ atmosphere, landing upon the planet’s surface. The Trace Gas Orbiter will remain in orbit of Mars, receiving signals and details about what The EDM locates!
The initial launchings are supposed to occur during January of 2016. By October 2016, The Trace Gas Orbiter should have reached Mars, releasing The EDM to land upon the planet. This mission is planned to last until December 2022, hopefully having located significant evidence of something spectacularly significant, even traces of prior life on Mars!
As an aside, The Viking Missions that journeyed to Mars during the 1970’s did make analyses to locate life. The data that was returned is being reexamined now. Updated equipment is expected to make more significant studies of the samples to realize whether or not any microbial amounts of biological evidence were captured at that time.
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