NASA has released a video showing the extensive details they have taken for more than two decades exploring the Mars planet. The agency robotic messengers have been surveying the Red Planet hysterically ever since the first Pathfinder mission was launched on the planet in 1997. Eight other robots have also been involved in studying the Mars Planet including the Spirit, the Opportunity, and the latest Curiosity rovers.
Both Spirit and Opportunity rovers were launched a few weeks at a distance in 2004 to allow for discovery of liquid water on Mars. They both found enough evidence but kept on rolling for several years after their mission warrants were terminated. Spirit eventually died in 2010 leaving Opportunity which is still going strong.
The Curiosity rover which has been roving the Red Planet since 2012, is still climbing the rocky surfaces search for clues on the Mars. The car-size rover is well equipped and can make its decisions independently without any human input.
NASA is currently planning to launch more robots to Mars in the near future including the Insight lander by 2018 and Curiosity-twin by 2020. The addition of new robotic emissaries to Mars will increase the number of years NASA has to spend cruising the planet.
Furthermore, NASA is also proposing a fundamental plan to enclose Mars with an “artificial magnetic field” so as to re-establish the Earth-like environment. The newly proposed plan would place Mars into a shield of “magnetotail” to restore the atmosphere that has been eroded by an influx of the solar particles and strong winds.
The initiative would create a conducive environment that could support the human life to allow explorers to inhabit the planet and carry out studies alongside the powerful rovers. In a few years of exploration, NASA has discovered that it’s possible to achieve an Earth-like environment on the planet.
NASA plans to implement the potential goals by 2050. One of the ideas in the proposed plan is to inject an Earth-like climate that would support the life of the human explorers on Mars.