Space is vast. Like, really, fucking vast. So fucking vast that my brain has a hard time wrapping itself around the distances involved.
At our current technology level, it takes about 150 days to get to Mars.
How far is Mars from Earth?
So far that at it’s closest, it takes light over three minutes to travel from Earth to Mars, when Mars is at its furthest from Earth light can take almost half an hour to travel between the two.
To appreciate the distances involved, check out distancetomars.com - a nice little interactive website that demonstrates just how far away our red neighbor is, and how far we have gone for science.
PASADENA, Calif. - NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has used its full array of instruments to analyze Martian soil for the first time, and found a complex chemistry within the Martian soil. Water and sulfur and chlorine-containing substances, among other ingredients, showed up in samples Curiosity’s arm delivered to an analytical laboratory inside the rover.
New analysis of 36-year-old data, resuscitated from printouts, shows that NASA found life on Mars, an international team of mathematicians and scientists conclude in a paper published this week.
Further, NASA doesn’t need a human expedition to Mars to nail down the claim, neuropharmacologist and biologist Joseph Miller, with the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, told Discovery News.
“The ultimate proof is to take a video of a Martian bacteria. They should send a microscope — watch the bacteria move,” Miller said.
“On the basis of what we’ve done so far, I’d say I’m 99 percent sure there’s life there,” he added.
This seems like it comes up every few years, though the news is exciting, I wish there was 100% concrete irrefutable evidence.