Space: Our Solar System
As fascinating as the exoplanets are, light-years from our location in another part of the universe, there is plenty of interest in our own cosmic back yard. Perhaps not least our own moon, which despite several successful missions to its surface, remains a complete mystery to us in many ways.
Then there is Mars, the red planet that has fascinated humans since ancient times, much like Venus has on our other side, which modern science and research suggests, in theory, might even hold life – albeit microbial – high in its cloudy atmosphere.
While the gas giants in the outer reaches of the Solar System such as Jupiter and Saturn don’t have a surface to explore, might we one day send a probe as far as possible into the atmosphere of these behemoth-like planets in order to send footage back of what it looks like there? And, from the perspective of manned missions to these regions of space, might we explore the moons of these mammoth planets, some of which some researchers suggest could also hold life.
Indeed, as mysterious and intriguing as the wider universe is, there is plenty of interest and much to explore in our own solar system until we have the technology necessary to take us further…
Our nearest planetary neighbor, Mars, has intrigued humans since ancient times. And while we have yet to set our collective foot on the red planet, the day would appear to be drawing ever closer. The real question might be, will it be NASA who reach Mars first? Or will one of the increasing private companies prove to be first. And if so, what will that mean for the information available to the general public…?
- February 21, 2019
- May 8, 2022
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Jupiter is not only the largest planet in our solar system, it a destination, or more likely its moons, in particular, Europa, is one that scientists believe will not only support life but may already do so. Plans are most definitely being made to investigate the icy moon further, and while a manned mission may be several decades away yet, once we do arrive there the discoveries will undoubtedly be historic…
- September 6, 2018
- September 28, 2021
- 12 min read
Although the gas giants in the outer reaches of our solar system, particularly Jupiter and Saturn, have no solid surface of their own and so are unlikely to support or harbor life – at least as we know it – several of their moons may do. And what’s more, further investigation and potential manned missions to these cosmic satellites may prove to be not only key in understanding these particular moons, but will likely act as “launch points” for mission even deeper into space…
- January 9, 2018
- September 29, 2021
- 12 min read