The number of Filipinos wanting to “travel” to Mars has just breached the million mark.
Send me: The Philippines has topped the countries with the most number of signups for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s “Send Your Name to Mars” program.
As NASA prepares for its ambitious trip to Mars next year, China is also making significant headway on its own mission to reach the Red Planet.
China has reached a major milestone with a recent successful test of its new Mars lander, CNN reports.
A team of Japanese researchers described the water that once existed on Mars 3.5 billion years ago as salty as noodle soup.
By using the data gathered by the U.S. Mars probe Curiosity, the team, which included Kanazawa University associate professor Keisuke Fukushi and Tokyo Institute of Technology professor Yasuhito Sekine, were able to restore the conditions of water on Gale Crater, according to Japan Times.
A state-of-the-art “Mars simulation base” that will serve as “part research facility and part tourist attraction” has been unveiled in China.
Built in a remote section of the arid Gobi desert, the $61 million site features living accommodation designed to simulate how humans would be living on the surface of the planet Mars.
A “village” that simulates environmental conditions on Mars is now under construction in China.
With a 400-million-yuan ($61 million) budget, the project is part of the country’s preparation for its Mars exploration plans set in 2020.
Japan is determined to spend some time on Mars with the help of automated machines. In partnership with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), construction company Kajima is set to develop machinery that will build facilities on the red planet. Each will accommodate at least four people.
The autonomous system is expected to be ready by 2030, but will be used on the moon first. Mars will be the target ten years later.
A question that naturally follows Elon Musk’s recent pictures showing how SpaceX’s Red Dragon spacecraft would land on Mars would be, “What would life be like on Mars?”