The next frontier in space exploration is Mars, the Red Planet - and human habitation of Mars isn't much farther off. In October 2015, NASA declared Mars "an achievable goal"; that same season, Ridley Scott and Matt Damon's The Martian drew crowds into theaters, grossing over $200 million. Now the National Geographic Channel fast forwards years ahead with Mars, a six-part series documenting and dramatizing the next 25 years as humans land on and learn to live on Mars.
The human race is at a crossroads. In the coming years, we will make decisions regarding our human spaceflight program that will lead to one of two familiar futures: the open universe of Star Trek, where we allow ourselves the opportunity to spread our wings and attempt to flourish as an interplanetary species - or the closed, dystopian, and ultimately self-destructive world of Soylent Green. If we ever hope to live in the future that is the former scenario, our first stepping stone must be a manned mission to Mars.
"How to get there now"
Stellar astronomer and TED Senior Fellow Lucianne Walkowicz works on NASA's Kepler mission, searching for places in the universe that could support life. So it's worth a listen when she asks us to think carefully about Mars. In this short talk, she suggests that we stop dreaming of Mars as a place that we'll eventually move to when we've messed up Earth, and to start thinking of planetary exploration and preservation of the Earth as two sides of the same goal. As she says, "The more you look for planets like Earth, the more you appreciate our own planet."
Mars: The Final Day is the first book in the Legacy of the Red Planet Series by J.R. Austin, a sci-fi that combines history and myth with science to tell the story of Ikara. The life of Ikara has been modeled around the Grand Cycle, the very source and summit of its spiritual life. And now, according to the GenSeer Marador, it is in danger, so Marador delivers a coded message to the one person who stands a chance of wielding the power and the influence that could save his people and the planet.
"Great Book from a New Author"
Dictated through the mediumship of J. L. Kennon, Eros Urides describes his beautiful Martian homeworld where loving Martians, living the Christ-Life, enjoy a perfect utopian socialist society. Earth is becoming a menace to neighboring planets. The Martians are concerned. But rather than send invading fleets of heat-ray wielding giant tripods, the Martians want to help.
"Red Planet Red Flags? NASA Council Has Doubts about Mars Mission" was published on December 2, 2015 on CNET.com. It was written by Eric Mack and narrated by Mia Gaskin.
"Leaf on Mars: Can NASA Grow a Garden on the Red Planet?" was published on October 25, 2015 on CNET.com. It was written by Michelle Starr and narrated by Rex Anderson.
In this exciting follow-up to How Mother Nature Flowered the Fields, Mother Nature finds herself faced with an even bigger problem, as the population on Earth begins to show signs of a future predicament. Scientists are looking for other places besides Earth for mankind to live. They have recently discovered that water may have existed on the surface of Mars, and that the water may have gone below the surface.
The sun's family of planets become a familiar place in this personal account of the lives of other worlds. Sobel explores the planets' origins and oddities through the lens of popular culture, from astrology, mythology, and science fiction to art, music, poetry, biography, and history. This intimate account is filled with fascination, beauty, and surprise.
"Superb story of our changing views of the planets"