Will NASA Study Mars Habitability limited by Its Humbling Atmosphere?

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Is Mars the Possible candidate to become a habitable planet?

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A recent study by the NASA Institute of Space Science suggests that it very well could be. The study was led by Dr. John Johnson of the University of Arizona. His research was part of a mission to study the Habitability of Mars, specifically at its poles and at its equator. This would help determine if there is water present in the atmosphere and how much.

If there is water present, would it be suitable for life forms. Dr. Johnson found that there are trace amounts of water ice existing on Mars. If there is ice, it would be thin and invisible under the snow. That would mean that it would be a cold planet, much like Earth. However, it is not cold enough to be a suitable abode for microbial life.

In addition, there are large quantities of nitrogen and sulfur, which are present in the soil of Mars. It would be extremely hostile to microbial life and quite inhospitable to animals, and plant life as well. Mars does not have enough air pressure to hold these gases against the Martian atmosphere. The atmosphere would become too thin to support any life. Which means that there are no prospects for life on Mars at the moment.

Environmental Concerns Grow As Space Tourism Interest Grows

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Space travel has always been on the minds of society.

Since ancient times it has been speculated that going to space would solve many of mankind’s problems. By creating an independent space station or Colonies to live and study in would relieve the pressure on Earth caused by pollution, lack of oxygen, and lack of resources. Unfortunately as Space tourism interest grows so also do the questions surrounding the validity of these Space claims. Is this really the solution to mankind’s Space woes?

As Space tourism grows so also do the environmental concerns surrounding it. As more people start to explore the possibility of going into space we will undoubtedly find more environmental impacts. But what can we do to stop these environmental impacts from turning into a Space problem?

An Astronomy Club Experience With a Space Perspective Balloon Ride

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What is a Stratospheric Viewing? A Stratospheric Viewing, also known as a Stratosphere Scenery Viewing and an Earth Viewing is the most familiar term for what we normally think of when the words “Stratosphere” or “Sphere” are mentioned. That is a balloon-image map of the atmosphere. However, this is not the whole story.

The “Stratosphere” is more than just the sky. It is the entire atmosphere, including clouds, rain and other precipitation, the earth’s radiation belt (a layer of atmosphere several thousands of miles thick that reflects back solar heating and other weather conditions), and even the polar jet stream. All of this contributes to the Stratosphere. When viewing the atmosphere from a Stratospheric Viewing balloon, the perspective is not limited to the “aerosol layer” above the earth. This is an advantage because one can view all levels of the atmosphere.