A Closer Look: Voyage to the Red Planet
Our tiny neighbor in the solar system has been the inspiration for many science fiction novels and pop culture. Although Mars is often seen as a barren planet due to the lack of protective atmosphere, flowing liquid water on the surface, and any form of life, scientists have discovered in recent decades a more complete picture of Mars. It has a dynamic weather system, liquids flowing underneath the surface, and potential tectonic activity. Fiction is now becoming reality as astronomers and aerospace companies like SpaceX are pushing for a human mission to Mars. Some even go so far as to advocate for permanent settlements on the planet. However, examining the current NASA budget and private company contributions reveals a lack of funding and public support for such project. If we were to visit Mars, what kind of technology and funding would it take to survive the harsh environment we see today?
Thursday, April 25 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Fiske Planetarium and Science Center
2414 Regent Drive, Boulder, CO 80309
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