Is There An Exoplanet We Could Live On? By:holly

Mars!

Have you ever wondered if you could live somewhere that is not called earth? Do you think it would be totally awesome to live on a different planet. Well, picture this: you are standing on a planet with no trees or dirt. Just red dust and craters. With possibly nothing. Sound cool? Or… maybe not? Well, there are some things we need to take into consideration too. Because Mars can be very different than Earth.

If you thought the paragraph before sounded scary, then don’t worry. Although it will be the big problem of the future. NASA has everything under control. They won’t just send you there expecting you to survive. There has been a lot of research done on this topic. And if you knew some stuff about the Future Earth. You are about to learn a whole lot more.

Mars, the place that we are going to live more than likely in a few years. The first thing you should know, is that Mars is the most likely exoplanet for us to move to. An exoplanet is a planet that is not Earth, like a planet in or outside our solar system. Because this is the closest planet we could move to, that has signs of water on it. Including a few small rivers. Also, people have had a theory that asteroids carrying water came from places like Mars. According to NASA, they claim to have people living there by 2030. NASA has also sent a space rover to Mars. But still no people. A space rover is basically a robot that can go to space.The rover was looking for water, and a suitable environment. It also would have been looking for information on Mars. Or even signs of life!

thing is, why would we need to leave our beautiful earth, to go to a planet that is completely different, and ⅙ smaller! This isn't something everyone wants to do. But after reading this. You might reconsider.

The reason we might need to go, is because of many things that could easily happen in the future. For example, there could be a huge climate change or global warming. We could completely ruin our world if we don’t act soon. Its positive we will need to leave.

Stephen Hawking, an expert who studies the sky and space. He also makes estimates about our planet and the world, has made an estimate on our time on earth. He spoke to a university and said, “Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next 1,000 or 10,000 years.” But of course we could always need to leave sooner. 1,00 years seems long, but when you think about how long our earth has been around, you realise that's not long at all.

Now, you might be thinking, “Really? Mars? I wouldn’t last a day on that planet!” So yeah, that makes sense. But how about I tell you a bit about the planet itself. For starters, as I said before, Mars has signs of water. It also has its own 2 moons, Phobos and Deimos. Weather or not you count that as a bonus, is up to you. Because on earth, we only had one moon. Also, it is filled with craters, which could be bad. Or good as well. But, there is always bad things too.

Dust Storm

There are somethings that are definitely negatives that might be a bit of a struggle, for example, the temperature is usually, minus 80 degree fahrenheit. Which is probably not good. Also, It is often very windy, therefore, it can blow the red dust covering Mars into a very big dust tornado. The tornados can be big enough to cover the whole planet! There is also no oxygen in the atmosphere. For example, on Earth we have oxygen nitrogen and argon. These are some of the things we need to have in our air to be able to breath and survive. Mars does not always contain all of those.

So, why is this something to even bother learning about? Well, if we can move somewhere else, then we have a higher chance of living longer! By living longer, I don’t mean your life span continuing for an extra, let's say, 100 years. I mean keeping our species around for much longer. And who knows, we might even be able to move to a better planet from Mars! It's a big deal moving somewhere else in general. Really, who doesn't want to live on a different planet! If you're like me, flying anywhere in a rocket sounds awesome!

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