NASA recently detonated its new Perseverance aircraft to Mars to study a crater to find evidence of ancient life forms that may have ever inhabited Mars soil. The move is a major stepping stone as the space agency joins Elon Musk with a vision of bringing humans to Mars before the end of the decade in the hope of colonizing it one day. And the American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said that this research is very important to the long-term survival of humanity.
During an episode on his StarTalk podcast, the 61-year-old was asked by co-host Chuck Nice: “Let’s say the world is over, do you think it’s the end of humanity?”
Dr. Tyson replied: “The answer is no.”;
He added: “If the Earth is destroyed – we have 4.5 billion years left – but if the Earth is ready to be evaporated by the Sun, you need some ability for the planet to leapfrog.
“The sun will grow in size, the surface temperature getting hotter – it’s time to move people.
“You pack up your luggage and you travel to Mars – the next farthest planet from the Sun.
“But the Sun will also begin to heat Mars, so you want to move further away again.
“Then the Sun will eventually die and can no longer be the source of energy for any of us.”
But Dr. Tyson says it is important to learn more about the deeper universe.
He added: “Then you want to be able to jump and another solar system to move in.
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“You can become so smart that you can’t survive because you’ve invented something great and it’s the end of the world.
“It was Kurt Vonnegut, who wrote” Slaughterhouse-Five “who said” this will be the last sentence man has ever said “, that would be a scientist telling another scientist” try another way ” .
“Once you have power over nature and the forces of nature are greater than you, you are employing the forces that can destroy yourself.
“Almost everything we do interferes with nature, even the cultivation.”
NASA has previously announced the human strategy to explore and conquer Mars.
There are three different phases of the plan that led to a completely maintained civilization on the Red Planet.
The first stage in progress is the “Earth Belieant” phase, which will continue to use the International Space Station until 2024, validating deep space technologies and studying the impact of porcelain long term space destiny on the human body.
The second phase, “Proving Ground”, ventures into deeper space for most of its missions, to test the viability of the habitat and confirm the capabilities required for Mars exploration. of human.
Finally, phase three, the “Earth Independent” phase which includes long-term missions on the Red Planet with surface habitats only requiring periodic maintenance and resource harvesting on Mars to do fuel, water and construction materials.
Musk’s wish is that SpaceX will send the first humans to Mars by 2024.
The company’s fully reusable launch vehicle, Starship, will land two cargo vehicles on the Red Planet by 2022 to validate water sources and identify hazards.
They will then put electricity, mining, and life-support infrastructure for future missions.
Two years later, the two Starship cargo vehicles crewed by the crew will bring in additional equipment and supplies, set up a propellant factory and build a base.