It is difficult to predict exactly when humans will land on Mars, as it depends on a number of factors, including technological advancements, funding, and political will.
Several space agencies and private companies around the world have announced plans to send humans to Mars in the coming decades. NASA, for example, has plans to send astronauts to the moon in 2024 as part of the Artemis program, with the goal of establishing a sustainable presence on the moon and using it as a launching point for future missions to Mars.
Other companies, such as SpaceX and Blue Origin, have also announced plans to send humans to Mars in the near future.
But since we can’t go to Mars just yet, exploring the planet with advanced scientific tools is still possible. And that could even be enough to determine if there is anything alive on the Red Planet in the present.
Heather Graham speaks out
Heather Graham, an astrobiologist from NASA, was asked the million-dollar question: is there life on Mars? She didn’t hesitate to share her view on the subject.
Graham said in the video:
We’ve been looking for life on Mars for a long time.
She also stated:
And while NASA hasn’t found any evidence of life now, we’ve found lots of evidence that Mars could have supported life in the past,
There are lots of pieces of evidence that say there was once a huge ocean on Mars and an atmosphere that could have supported life.
Probably the best part is that astronomers still have a lot of new places on Mars that they could explore. There are regions that could be habitable. Furthermore, the NASA scientist also adds that the planet has once been teeming with liquid water similar to Earth, and that’s certainly not a new idea for astronomers.
Let’s just hope that Martians, if they exist, are not into politics!