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Trip to Mars, mankind’s next and necessary giant leap

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Trip to Mars, mankind’s next and necessary giant leap

NASA's Curiosity rover takes a self-portrait on the Vera Rubin Ridge.

NASA's Curiosity rover takes a self-portrait on the Vera Rubin Ridge.

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NASA's Curiosity rover takes a self-portrait on the Vera Rubin Ridge.

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NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA's Curiosity rover takes a self-portrait on the Vera Rubin Ridge.

Abigail Hicks, Staff Writer

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In spite of the parroted stance to focus on global problems, the colonization of Mars holds paramount importance in the advancement and long-term continuance of human life.
According to livescience.com, Earth’s death and inability to host life is set at 1.75 billion years from now, provided that earthlings do not experience something like an asteroid or a catastrophic nuclear war.
With this in mind, it is vital that humans begin the process of extending their reach outward into the solar system. The place in time in which Earth’s death is set seems to be too far in the future to even seriously consider, but the rate at which humans are defiling Earth is just too alarming to leave alone.
Beginning with Mars, the human race will gain invariable knowledge and insight on the process of colonizing another planet. Mars will also act as a plan B for Earth’s inhabitants in any case that human lives are jeopardized at an unparalleled rate.
Regarding the more emotional reasoning, a shared sentiment of curiosity exists in every person invested in sending humans to Mars. The possibility of discovering something entirely new entices people worldwide.
This sentiment of curiosity was also common in some of the earliest and greatest explorers, like Marco Polo. Explorers discovering new parts of Earth set off on their quests for the very same reason humans are currently wanting to go to Mars.
The chance at finding something previously unknown has moved people to meet the New World, to push past the Great Beyond.
Both people looking to go beyond Earth and the individuals that first explored Earth were driven by this magnetic pull towards possibility.
In addition to being motivated by curiosity, another catalyst is the eagerness to return with new ideas and objects to hopefully ameliorate Earth.
Both parties have asked themselves, what can I bring back home to help or potentially add?
With Mars, the possibilities are endless. Astronauts on Mars would search for possibilities of life, learn more about Mars’ chemical evolution to help geoengineers combat climate change on Earth, and conduct various other investigations.
While going to Mars may not directly improve the life of every single being on Earth now, the support of billions will surely motivate and encourage the people traveling to Mars even more.

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Abigail Hicks, News Editor, Photographer

Abigail Hicks serves as news editor for The Current. Inside of school, apart from journalism, Abigail is a member of The America Rocketry Challenge Team....

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