Mars, the God of War, glows an angry red in the night sky. Although smaller in diameter and mass than the Earth, Mars has always been thought to be the only other candidate for life in the Solar System. Both of the Viking Landers, () and the Mars Pathfinder landing () failed to find evidence of life, yet mankind continues to be fascinated by the Red Planet. Several missions are planned for Mars over the next couple of years to see if it is possible to support life, and who knows, perhaps within your lifetime, a new breed of astronauts may land on Martian soil. One small step for man…
Have you ever wondered what conditions are like on the surface of Mars?
You might like to …
• find out about the different missions planned for Mars over the next few years (see link below)
• make a poster informing fellow students of the forthcoming missions
• find out what sort of tests could be carried out on a Martian soil sample to see if life is possible
• investigate what results you would get using an Earth soil sample; does it matter where the soil sample was taken from?