NASA’s announcement Monday that Mars has flowing liquid water certainly heightens the possibility of human space travel to the red planet in the near future.
NASA’s current goal is to send people on a space flight to Mars by 2030. The ship needed would be very different from the ones used in space exploration so far.
The trip would take about seven months. The distance varies depending on the time of year and the orbit of the two planets.
The announcement of Mars having flowing salty water comes from analysis of the dark streaks on Mars’ surface. They fade in cooler months and reappear annually at the same time and location.
Using special equipment, NASA detected what appears to be hydrated minerals on the slopes where the streaks are. The presence of water could provide elements such as oxygen, and yes, water to help sustain a mission to Mars.
It would make establishing a colony on the red planet not just a science-fiction thing or even like a quick trip like to the moon and back but a real possibility for future generations of space explorers.