Why haven't we sent a manned mission to Mars? Is it possible? Are there any plans under future consideration to colonize Mars? Do we currently have the technology to create a 'domed city' that could sustain life on Mars or other planets?
Right now,NASA is working on some missions to Mars. They will bring back rocks from Mars to Earth. This will help us learn how to send people to Mars.
Two rovers will be sent to Mars in 2003 and 2005. These rovers will pick up rocks from the ground on Mars. The rocks will be thrown into orbit by a rocket. The rocks will be picked up by an orbiter and brought back to Earth. Then scientists will look at the rocks. The things the scientists find will help NASA decide if they should send people to Mars.
Right now, we are only trying to visit Mars. But there are some things which could help us live there in the future. One of these is Biosphere II, which is a large glass building. Maybe someday we will build space towns like this. Right now, we need to learn a lot about how our Earth works. Then we will be able to build all the things we need in order to live on Mars!
Submitted by Kaleesa (Oregon, USA), Stephanie (Alaska, USA), Craig, Neil, Danny, Kyle, Rob, and Dustin
(January 11, 1999)
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