We haven’t talked about anything cosmic lately so, why not do so today?!?
It seems like a major portion of our exploration effort has been focused on landing and putting boots on Mars. Today I would like to shed some light on what some of the dangers of Mars, for humans. With the help of space.com of course!
They have an article posted that covers five of the ways that Mars could kill!
- The atmosphere is made of Carbon dioxide.
- Our atmosphere is 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen the other 1% is made up of water vapor, carbon dioxide, and others. Mars’ atmosphere is 95% Carbon dioxide! Since we as humans need to breath oxygen we would die of hypoxia within minutes. This is true of course unless we had a way to create our own atmosphere. 🙂
- It is damn cold there.
- Similar to Earth, Mars has seasons, and an equator. Makes sense, since it is just another planet. On a nice summer day the temperature at the equator can reach 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Not bad right?! But during the night it can plummet 150 degrees and be -80 degree Fahrenheit! If you don’t have a proper way to warm your body you would die within hours. I’m guessing that wouldn’t be pleasant.
- Large amounts of dust.
- Apparently the dust on Mars is toxic to humans, go figure! It is also found to be abrasive which sounds equally awful. With it being toxic and abrasive the damage to your lungs from breathing it in would kill you over the the course of a few weeks. Again, doesn’t seem like a good way to go.
- High energy cosmic rays and solar particles make their way through Mars’ thin atmosphere and cover the planet in radiation. It can be highly concentrated in areas that have a high content of hydrogen near the ground. The amount of radiation you would be exposed to if not properly remedied would kill you in a few months.
- Blood Boiling
- This one seems the worst in my eyes, even though it would be quick. With the atmosphere being 100 times thinner than Earths, it is of a much lower pressure system. All of the gases that normally dissolve into our blood would bubble instead. One scientist described it like this: ” Like popping a can of Coke, you would fizz to death” This only taking a matter of seconds.
So with with on your mind, you may be wondering why we want to colonize Mars so badly haha. It is a crazy idea to begin with but hey, more power to them is what I say. If you are interested in any of it they are currently holding the ‘Humans 2 Mars’ summit right now! You can find more information HERE. They are having presentations by Robert Lightfoot (NASA Chief), Ellen Stofan (Former chief scientist), and Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11 moonwalker).
Here is one of NASA’s ‘Images of the Day’
It is captioned on nasa.gov with this:
New View of the Crab Nebula
This composite image of the Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant, was assembled by combining data from five telescopes spanning nearly the entire breadth of the electromagnetic spectrum: the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array, the Spitzer Space Telescope, the Hubble Space Telescope, the XMM-Newton Observatory, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory.
What are your thoughts on space travel? Do you think we will ever colonize another planet? What about Stephen Hawking’s statement saying we only have 100 years to find another planet? All of your thoughts and ideas are welcome! 😀 😀 Thanks for reading!