Let’s admit it, colonizing mars would be the coolest space thing to have happened since the moon landing, and that was over 40 years ago! I’m not saying that landing robots on Mars wasn’t pretty cool too, but we need real people out there in space to explore the final frontier. Scientists at NASA are currently looking into this possibility of starting a Mars colony, and some of the issues they’ve come across are actually quite bizarre.
The study they did was on the effects of radiation on space-travellers during their trip to Mars, and to test this, they decided to start by exposing mice to some of the same stuff that astronauts might be faced with if a Mars trip were actually happening, and their results were pretty interesting. They found that prolonged exposure to interstellar radiation could result in “. . . a range of potential central nervous system complications that can occur during and persist long after actual space travel — such as various performance decrements, memory deficits, anxiety, depression and impaired decision-making.“
This ultimately doesn’t bode well for a Mars mission, but it only gets me more excited about what is next to come. There are so many new things to explore, it’s impossible to understand how many issues we aren’t even aware of yet. Our leading scientists didn’t even know if there was any water on Mars until a few years ago, and we’re just now discovering new diseases and ailments that we might have to deal with when we’re ready to take the inevitable leap of colonizing the Red Planet.
So, you might ask, what is there to be done about this, and how is it relevant? My answer is that exploration is a part of our nature as Humans, and though we still have a lot to learn and a lot of hurt to fix on our own planet, we need to be looking forward to new frontiers and supporting our friends at NASA and SpaceX as much as we can for the betterment of humanity.