WASHINGTON – The moon may be the next space destination for American astronauts, but the border with Mars is still…
WASHINGTON – The moon may be the next space destination for American astronauts, but the border with Mars is still awaiting, says NASA boss Jim Bridenstine.
Monday night (November 8) a lot of journalists, researchers, politicians and space enthusiasts gathered here at the National Geographic Headquarters to celebrate and discuss Season 2 in the National Geographic series “Mars” and the Project Mars competition’s film and poster wins. Bridenstine addressed the audience and said he was delighted with the return of “Mars”, the contest and the steps taken by the United States to come back to the moon and then the red planet.
“We’re going to the moon not because the moon is the playoff,” Bridenstine told the audience. “We go to the moon because there is science to be discovered there, there are risks of retirement, there are technicians to develop, and there is human physiology that needs to be understood. And after all, the thought is that [traveling to the moon] is the best way to prove that everything is evolving so that we can come to Mars. “[Living on ̵
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NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine addresses a crowd at the National Geographic headquarters about the bright future of humanity on the moon and Mars.
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Bridenstine said that, together with the Mars research efforts, going to the moon, we will be an important step if we are to land and accommodate people on the red planet successfully. He joked about his responsibility as the new administrator, who had been in place for just six months and said, “I’m responsible for coming to Mars.”
In the short time since Bridenstine became an administrator, scientists have already made critical discoveries about Mars making our efforts to get to the planet much more exciting.
First, Bridenstine said that researchers found complex organic compounds on Mars. Secondly, they discovered that the planet has metacycles that happen to match seasons on Mars. Thirdly, researchers found that floating water is less than 1.5 kilometers below the surface of the planet.
This “does not guarantee there’s life on Mars, but it increases the likelihood”, Bridenstine repeated a number of times, careful not to jump forward because science has taken us. But such incredible scientific advances continue to move us closer to discover if Mars does or is actually worth hosting. “It seems we should find out,” Bridenstine said. “And that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to Mars to make these discoveries.” We have many very important missions coming – things that will help us understand Mars better. “
An artist’s interpretation of the InSight farmer operating on the Mars surface.
Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech
Bridenstine pointed specifically to the InSight farmer, who will touch the red planet on November 26th. The mission will study the internal effects of the planet and collect data about volcanic activity, marches and asteroid impact. This research will be crucial to astronaut security on Mars, Bridenstine says, adding that “this InSight landlord is critical to a future human exploration activity on Mars.”
Mars history is a major reason why the red planet is so exciting, Bridenstine said. “Mars used to have three quarters of its surface covered by an ocean. It used to have a strong magnetosphere that protects it from the harsh radiation environment. It used to have a thick atmosphere and over a billion years ago, all these things went away when its magnetosphere went away. “
” We must understand what caused it happen, “he added.” We need to understand these other planets, their stories and their future so that we can get a better understanding of our own planet. Follow @Spacedotcom Facebook and Google+. Original article on Space.com