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Mars is actually the best candidate for finding life on another planet in our solar system. Way back when, it was a 'wet' world and it very well could have been habitable. If we went there, we may find fossilized organisms or survivors in the soil. Also, NASA announced just last year that they found running water on Mars.
The delay is annoying, but there's not much on Mars that would happen suddenly. Dust storms, maybe, but even those only pose the threat of covering the solar panels (not flipping it over or anything, martian air is very thin) and could easily be spotted in advance.
Also, all gas giants have 'liquid' layers in them, so an extremely foreign type of life could possibly exist deep in the bowls of any gas giant, if one can imagine it.
That's true, but the trip to Mars is much longer than to the Moon. In order to even get to the Mars they'd have to travel a year or two in zero-g which is much worse than having the small amount of gravity the Moon has. Whatever gravitational aspect Mars would have is thus negated, unless one it planning to have kids on Mars and establish a long term colony, in which there is a small benefit.
One just needs lots of exercise in low-g and the amount of gravity on the Moon, however little it is, makes exercise much easier than in zero-G making the problem of the negative effects of low-g negated.
I suppose if you're only looking for fossils, sure.
That delay was for Europa, not Mars.
True, but it's better to bet on finding life as we know it and not life as we can only speculate it.
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I'm not sure where you got two years from. Regardless, though, the ships aren't ENTIRELY Zero-G. Their cabins have rotational gravity, I believe. And even then, half a year is nothing compared to a LIFETIME, which is what you're talking about if you're suggesting colonies.
Because those are about 40 lightyears away... Are you serious right now?
Also I'm curious what you mean by Neptune?
Frozen water isn't going to bring us any closer to finding life, and very small amounts of liquid water isn't highly likely, compared to the other worlds we discussed.
I'm not sure how well robotic missions where we have so very little control will do. Keep in mind, we wouldn't even see anything the robot would see until 35 minutes after it sees it, then there's another 35 minute delay for us to tell it to do anything. An hour and ten minute delay seems like we'd lose the probe if something went wrong. We wouldn't have the time to correct its course if something happens.
I meant exactly what I said. It's not very likely, but it's possible.
P.S. I'd also like to add something more on the topic, not in response to Alrien. We also have to consider gravity. Mars has gravity much more similar to Earth's than the moon does, and prolonged periods of time in low gravity can have some pretty nasty effects on the human body.
Perhaps we should stop the juvenile, competitive space races and focus on what benefits scientific advancement. We have already explored the moon, and colonizing it at this point would be a massive waste of resources. There is nothing of benefit on our moon. Mars, with the right alterations (which we are already theorizing how to create) could be terraformed to become habitable. The major issue is giving it magnetic poles.
Besides those, however, I believe we ought to be focusing on Neptune and Europa, as they are the most likely worlds in our solar system to have liquid water (much more likely on Europa), and I would love if we could find life, even if it's simple, outside of Earth.
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There used to be a Serious Discussion forum in this section. If I recall correctly, it was shut down due to various contentious discussions, chief among them one about religion, where I was more than happy to voice my opinion. No, I don't believe in anything supernatural. No ghosts, vampires, unicorns, angels, demons, or deities. I'd elaborate, but I fear I'd stir the pot a bit too much, haha.
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