I love Martians. Or in other words, the idea of life existing on Mars. And not in a Science-Fictiony sort of way—that is, little green guys planning to come and conquer Earth—I mean it in more of a microbial sense. Maybe even tiny little creatures of some kind. I'm not certain that they exist, but it's definitely an intriguing hypothesis to ponder.
Low gravity and high radiation: Would humans remain human on Mars?
After homo sapiens becomes a multi-planet species would we remain a single species of humanity? What would it take to lead to development of a new species? Put another way, how long would humans on Mars remain human?
How Has Opportunity Sur-Thrived 12 Years on the Frigid Dunes of Mars?
Since Opportunity landed on Mars back in 2004, the red planet has gone around the sun 6.38 times. Earth has gone around the sun 12 times. That's 4265 sunrises on Mars, or 4380 sunrises on Earth (a Martian day is 24 hours, 39 minutes, and 35 seconds long)—or, about 70,000 sunrises on board the International Space Station. Fast-forward twelve long, dusty years on Mars, and Opportunity is a long way beyond its planned 90-day shelf-life. NASA's twin Spirit and Opportunity rovers ...