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Should we go to Mars?

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Image from a 2014 article depicting the possibilities of Earth to Mars travel.

Image from a 2014 article depicting the possibilities of Earth to Mars travel.

Photo courtesy of Nasa.gov

Photo courtesy of Nasa.gov

Image from a 2014 article depicting the possibilities of Earth to Mars travel.

Mayra Chulo, Staff Writer

“Everything is possible in this life as long as you work hard to achieve.”

President Barack Obama announced last week that people should go to the red planet, not just to visit the surface but also to live for a longer period of time.

“These missions will teach us how humans can live far from Earth -something we will need for the long journey to Mars,” Obama said. The US government, in association with some private companies, are working together in order to accomplish this goal and send the first people to Mars’ orbit by the mid-2030s.

For many who are passionate to know a little bit more about space, the president is now giving the opportunity not only to astronauts, but also to all people who would like to go and make a new life on the red planet.

There are some groups of people that are being trained for this great journey and the only thing necessary for people interested in part of this journey must apply to “The Mars One astronaut selection program.” In this program, the requirements include, being  intelligent, creative, psychologically stable, and physically healthy.

According to Mars One website, “There is not an upper age limit to apply for the astronaut selection program. If the applicant enjoys good health and he or she has all the other characteristics needed for the mission he or she has what it takes to apply.” This is a good opportunity for people who would like to get to know another planet and are lovers of abnormal things.

Sending the first people to Mars sounds interesting, it’d be a good experiment if nothing else. Living on another planet would be like living outside the place where you were born. It will help many people with negativism to change their mind and believe that anything is possible in life. There are thousands of unanswered  questions about space, and this new plan would help answer many of them.

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