When will we go to Mars?

The human is an explorer by nature, as proof of this we have to see all the incredible discoveries that we have achieved as a species. Think, just for a minute, that we are the only ones on the planet who can handle fire as we please.

From there we move on to discovering most of our planet, and then the space around it. In the 1960s we even reached the moon and in recent times our super telescopes have taken us to see thousands of "nearby" galaxies.

Is the trip to the planet of the God of War imminent? Many of us, among those of us, agree that it is. However, if we have so long without sending a human being so far into space, what will be the first step we will see in this direction? There have already been some, and perhaps in less than two decades a human being will have set foot on the red planet.

A new race for space and its resources

It is just what we find ourselves living. The world powers have made outer space an immensely valuable goal. If Europe seems to be staying a bit out of it, the US, Russia and China want all the glory for themselves.

Regardless of the intentions of each country, these three have expressed their deep desire (and willingness) to restart their missions in outer space. Russia seeks to position itself again in the panorama of trips to the atmosphere, but its two competitors are going for the greater goal. Both China and the United States plan to send moon landing missions in the near future. A man on the moon is much closer than we think.

Recently, the restart of operations of the launch center at Cape Canaveral, from where a mission was launched to the international space station, has been seen. A little earlier, the Chinese managed to plant their mission on the dark side of the moon, a world milestone that indicates how serious their intentions are to gain a predominant place in all fields of influence.

Beyond politics, what do scientists say?

Without a doubt, what politicians and nations say is very important. However, without the work of scientists and specialists, little can be done. In case you were wondering, they also agree that in a few decades we will reach the planet Mars.

On the Chinese side, there is a lot of willingness and also almost unlimited resources. However, the Chinese institution that is in charge of space exploration maintains quite prudent forecasts.

This is because, while they have had a long string of successful achievements, the number of failed missions by the Chinese force is considerable. In 2021, the Chinese mission launched this year will reach the martian surface, while in 2022 the construction of its own space station will begin.

On the other hand, the US, with a slightly firmer and safer attitude, has already set a tentative date for the arrival of an American on Mars. With a 5-phase plan, NASA estimates that by the year 2033 its manned mission will have already reached the red planet.

Remember that NASA has been sending remotely controlled vehicles to the surface of Mars for a long time, so they handle much more information than anyone else when it comes to exploring this new world.

Why haven't we gone until now?

The truth is that it has been the dream of scientists for more than 60 years. However, taking a man to the surface of this planet is much more complicated than taking him to the moon.

From the beginning you have to know that the monetary investment is huge, perhaps enough to scare the leaders of the richest and most developed nations in the world After that, we have a set of legal and political bureaucracy that has to be sorted out before getting approved for a scouting mission.

Even if all this had been achieved in the 70s or 80s, it would not have been enough. Those who go to the red planet must enter a field whose uninterrupted study takes more than 70 years. They are inhospitable terrain, in which the totality of the dangers that the intrepid astronauts will have to face is not yet known.

With all this, NASA's recruitment program is already looking for volunteers to be the "colonizers of Mars". To the surprise of few, the recruitment program is going quite well.

The current crisis only slightly delays the aspirations of space agencies, so it is to be expected that in the near future we will have new news about space missions. We don't want to claim victory, but we think it's almost a fact that humans will reach Mars no later than 2040.


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