Mars: A Mission for the Human Race Persuasive Essay by BigTanker

Mars: A Mission for the Human Race
A discussion on the reasons for exploring Mars as a possible planet for sustaining human life.
# 107538 | 2,463 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2004 | US

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The paper discusses the Red Planet which has fascinated astronomers from early days. The paper states that as we began more missions to Mars we gained a greater understanding of our solar system. President George W. Bush has announced plans to send humans to Mars. The paper discusses the various missions to the planet and the possibility of living on Mars. The paper states that if we look into the future, we will see that soon we will run out of resources, and will be forced to stray from earth in order to survive. The paper further suggests that the best way to do this would be to colonize Mars as an important aspect of our survival, and we should now start to take steps toward a new frontier of life, off into the vast extreme of space.

From the Paper:

"The cost to send manned missions will be much higher than any ever before perceived, but we will soon find out that these missions will become necessary parts of the survival of our species. If we really want to get our money's worth, we must send humans to Mars instead of just robots. Robots can only do so much. For example, a robot must collect data, send it back to Earth, be analyzed by a team of scientists twenty minutes later, then receive the information regarding the path it should take for the next five feet another twenty minutes later. Thankfully, we do not need to be so meticulous in navigating the humans we send to Mars. These people can find their own way around, without the help or need of a computer, or a team of expert scientists twenty light minutes away. With a working system of spacecraft, we would be able to ferry people from planet to planet, always keeping a group of people on Mars. This way we could always be working there, not just a chunk of three months every two years. In this manner, manned missions to Mars would prove to be much more effective than the alternative of robotic missions conducting experiments for limited amounts of time. We shouldn't necessarily be concerned with the effects of ourselves on the planet, but with the effects of ourselves on our own species."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Arnett, Bill, "Mars," 29 Mar. 2004 <>.
  • Boyce, Joseph M. The Smithsonian Book of Mars. Smithsonian Institution, 2002.
  • Mars Desert Research Station: Project Concepts. 2002. The Mars Society. 10 Apr. 2004 <>.
  • Mars Gravity Biosatellite Program. 10 Apr. 2004 <>.
  • Mission Control. Dir. Damon Thomas. Host Lucy Briers. Discovery Science Channel. 6 Apr. 2004

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