Looking to the Stars

Science fiction often depicts a setting on a distant planet or galaxy. These kinds of setting usually have a planet that is sprawling with wildlife and foliage. They are often depicted with humans that can live and breathe the atmosphere without the heavy and clunky space suits we see on astronauts. That the force of gravity has the same effect on such planets as it would as if it had the same gravity as Earth. These planets are imagined to appear like another earth, or very similar to earth. The reality is that such planets are not so welcoming. Planets other than earth do not have many of the necessities for supporting life. Humans can live on Earth because it hosts the perfect standards necessary to support life on it. Planets do not inherently have such an environment. An atmosphere that shields the planet is an absolute necessity to live on the surface of a planet without special equipment. Despite this, some people still dream about making a home on such planets. With technological advancements in certain fields of study, such as space exploration, the dream is much closer to realization. While the sprawling green planets we see in science fiction is still far off, the first steps begin in a few short years. Using the information and data that scientists gain from the International Space Station and the Mars Rover, great minds have devised a plan to colonize a planet in the near future. The project is called Mars One and it is the most ambitious dive into a world that is unknown. Using previously obtained data, the project aims to send colonists to Mars. The first phase of the effort to colonize Mars is to use remote controlled robots to build infrastructure while human astronauts control these robots from orbit. By doing this, the astronauts do not need to risk their lives on the Martian surface to do simple jobs as construction workers. Once these structures and facilities are complete, then mankind may set their first steps on the planet. Not as simple explorers, but as its first denizens.

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