Feeling bored lately? Do you feel like going somewhere beyond the surface of the earth? Then perhaps, it is time to sit up and listen. After all, NASA has a new proposal for you, and it involves going to Mars!
The catch is, you have to wait till 2030, because according to NASA scientist Ellen Stofan, that is when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to send humans to Mars. No big deal, at least you’ll be slightly older (and even smarter) by then.
The truth is, Stofan has not even sent invites out yet. But she told The Washington Post, “The kids who are reading KidsPost are the ones we’ll be sending to Mars.” These were her remarks ahead of the talk she’s scheduled to deliver at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center during the USA Science & Engineering Festival.
According to Stofan, a mission involving sending humans to Mars is needed to determine any presence of life in the said planet in the past or present. As the NASA chief scientist since 2013, she had been overseeing NASA’s current rovers on Mars named Curiosity and Opportunity. The goal is to find signs of life on the planet, but Stofan believes it will be quite an effort.
“It’s going to take geologists on Mars cracking open rocks to find evidence of life,” she said. Meanwhile, another rover is set to arrive in Mars in 2022, still well ahead of the planned human mission.
Stofan believes the human Mars mission will require people with different backgrounds and ethnicity. This means they’re on the lookout for men and women of all racial backgrounds who are engineers, geologists, chemists, computer programmers and botanists.
To hear more about NASA’s plans to send humans to Mars, attend Stofan’s talk at the USA Science & Engineering Festival on April 17 at 1 p.m. Admission is free, and you can win an Apple Watch or other prizes if you pre-register.