Don’t expect life on Mars anytime soon. It is not because scientists and astronauts do not want some colleagues on Mars so that they can discover its wonders or to see if we can actually move there or not, but because the planet’s atmosphere is slowly fading away into space. Mars’ air is leaking and the sun seems to be responsible for this unfortunate event.
This might be the discovery that the entire science field has been waiting for. The signs of water that we see on Mars are actually real. The only issue is that the planet’s air has been drained slowly and what was left behind was only death, sand, cold and a great Red Planet. Mars was very much like Earth in terms of atmosphere years back, but things have drastically changed over the years.
It appears that when Mars is directly hit by a solar storm, the atmosphere is torn apart. This happens because of all the particles that collide with the planet’s upper atmosphere and a few pounds of air are eliminated into space every second. There might have actually been life on Mars, but the constant bombardment from the sun made the planet lose its life, reducing it from a wondrous place to a big, cold rock.
As far as we know, the sun has been quite an “unsettled child” back in its youth, giving away powerful solar storms and shining more brightly than it does now. Releasing so much energy which collided with the planet’s atmosphere stripped it of its atoms and rendered it lifeless. If we also consider that Mars does not find itself in a Goldilocks zone, it is safe to say that the atmosphere was not prepared for such enormous pressure.
Knowing and understanding what happened to Mars is a key step in understanding its evolution. While it may seem like trivial knowledge, this understanding can prove useful to us on the long run. We are now faced with the fact that we will no longer be able to sustain life on Earth for too long. Inevitably, mankind will need to migrate from Earth. Where? We do not know yet, but finding a place to land is always a good start.
Don’t expect life on Mars anytime soon, but you can expect it on planets which we will discover in time and it is important that we know what planet to land on. What if it turns out to be just like Mars?
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