Mission to Mars! 1

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Katelyn Hooker

A new phase had arrived for finding the planet Mars–adding a spacecraft to the Red Planet. It turns out; Obama says he wants to send humans to Mars by the 2030’s. “I’m excited to announce that we are working with our commercial partners to build new habitats that can sustain and transport astronauts on long-duration missions deep in space.”

This project is a project between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian state corporation Roscosmos. In 2014, NASA discovered with its rover, a large spike in the methane in the atmosphere, with a debate about what is causing it.

“Organisms on Earth releases methane as they digest. However, other purely geological processes, such as the oxidation of certain materials, also releases methane,” says ESA.

Adam Stevens, a researcher at the University of Edinburgh, has worked on the science behind EXOMars and is preparation for it. “What we find on Earth…some 90 percent of Earth’s methane is biological, whether that’s active now or from past biology that’s decomposing. That means if we look at a planet like Mars. Maybe that’s a sign of biology.”  

As well as ESA’s future EXOMars missions, NASA is planning another rover trip to Mars, to look for more signs of life.      

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