Mars continue to inspire both movie makers as well as scientists and the reasons are not very difficult to understand. The Red Planet has caught the fancy of Hollywood and it has come at a time when NASA has discovered flowing water on Mars and has declared that it will colonize the planet in the next two decades. Many scientists feel that survival of mankind could hinge upon discovering another planet to colonize.
Just a few years ago, critics were breathing down the neck of the government and asking questions on the worthiness of the $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory. Today the space agency is moving full speed in its mission of establishing a space station on the Red Planet.
Edwin Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon told CNBC in a recent interview that Mars is the next destination of mankind and sending humans to the planet 140 million miles from the Earth will be unparalleled in human history.
The red planet is known for its carbon dioxide filled air and terrible dust storms which can last for months. However by ensuring right conditions, Mars can be eventually colonized by humans.
In a conference in Israel Aldrin talked about the need to keep the interest on the subject alive in public and also to demonstrate before the leaders that it is a historical opportunity.
If humanity is to survive, it will have to look beyond its own planet into other inhabitable planets in this universe and in some ways may be a necessity. Our planet sits in a dangerous part of the solar system. NASA has picked out 876 out of more than 12,000 near-Earth objects which have a potential to cause Armageddon on the planet. The last 500 million year has seen five mass extinction and the last was 65 million years ago when the dinosaurs were wiped out from the world. It has happened in the past and it will happen in the future, the only question is when?