Canadian Involvement in Mars Exploration Term Paper by Master Researcher

Canadian Involvement in Mars Exploration
A look at the Canadian involvement in exploring Mars.
# 38862 | 1,150 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 16, 2003 in Astronomy (Space Exploration) , Canadian Studies (General)

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This paper examines recent developments in understanding of and research into Mars with an emphasis on the Canadian role. The paper discusses how Mars missions and Canada's role in them are a key factor in the popular interest in Mars.

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"Mars is the fourth planet in our solar system. It is located between Earth and Jupiter. Its average distance from the Sun is 227.8 million kilometers and its period of orbit is 686.7 days or 1.88 years. Its gravitational pull is approximately one-third that of earth (0.38) and its equatorial diameter is 6,787 kilometers slightly more than one-half of the earth's equatorial diameter. However, its mass is only one-tenth that of the earth. Its period of rotation is 1.02 days, almost the same as the Earth's.
"According to Time "Life on Mars--it is an earthling's fantasy as old as Eldorado or the Holy Grail." Countless stories have been told and movies made about the mysteries of the red planet. "The Martian century" by Roger Hennessey documents this fascination. Interestingly, Hennessey notes that the century began, and ended, with "dramatic flowerings" in interest. Today, for many reasons, Mars is in the forefront of astronomy news again. For example, the March 2003 issue of Astronomy contains a whole series of articles on Mars.
"There are many reasons for the current popular interest in Mars. In the first place, three separate missions will be launched for Mars in 2003. The British space program is launching a small, unmanned probe named Beagle 2. NASA is also launching a mission to Mars in the summer of 2003. Both will arrive in 2004. Finally, "and around the same time, Japan's $132 million Nozomi orbiter will arrive to test the Martian atmosphere." These three missions are both cause and consequence of the current interest in Mars."

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