I’m sure you are familiar with Matt Damon’s brilliant performance as an astronaut who gets stuck on Mars and manages to survive by growing potatoes. However, the complexity of the Red Planet is far from being decrypted, and the truth is that we don’t know enough about it so far.
Although there have been some missions on it, we’re still a long way ahead before we manage to colonize Mars and make it a sustainable environment for the human species. But why should we be interested in this planet and, moreover, how does it affect our living?
For a starter, Mars has been regarded as the only planet within our solar system that can support or that supported forms of life in the past, aside from Earth. Therefore, if we ever wish to expand our knowledge about the universe and create a new living for the future generations, it is crucial to know as much as possible about Mars.
Is there really water on Mars?
After many failed attempts and suppositions, a recent mission on Mars conducted by NASA seemed to finally suggest what everyone was hoping for in the past – that there is, in fact, water on this planet and, hence, a welcoming climate for life.
Unfortunately, what was previously considered a source of flowing water on the surface of the planet is now credited as nothing else but granulated sand. The findings published in 2018 argue that there is enough flowing water to support mycobacterial forms of life and give us further hope.
Cool stuff about Mars
Even though we cannot be sure of whether or not there is life on Mars, there are dozens of other interesting facts about this planet that you should know. Here are some of them.
The planet is called after the Roman God of War. In the Greek mythology, he was also called Ares, and the name of the planet comes from its red color that can be easily associated with the color of blood.
However, it seems that the Greeks and the Romans were not the only ones who thought about a similar name for the planet. The Egyptian priests referred to it as “the red one”, while the Chinese simply named Mars “the fire start”.
There are numerous similarities between our planet and Mars, and this is probably the main reason why we’re so eager to find life forms on it. One of these similarities refers to seasons. Much like the Earth, Mars also has seasons, but they last twice as long.
It is smaller than Earth and has a lower mass, so it also has a weaker gravity. The gravity drops to 38% on this planet than what we would experience on ours, so it’s only natural that you will feel lighter. In fact, at an average weight of 200 pounds, a human would only weight approximately 76 pounds on Mars.