Europeans And Russians Embark On Search For Aliens On Mars

Posted: Mar 12 2016, 6:56am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

Europeans and Russians Embark on Search for Aliens on Mars
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  • Europeans and Russians combine Forces to find Aliens on Mars

The Europeans and Russians have combined forces to find aliens on Mars. It is a bold venture that is filled with uncertainty and apprehension.

Europe and Russia are hooking up to launch a spacecraft that will go to Mars. Its purpose will be to smell the gassy atmosphere of the planet for signs of alien life forms.

Although no little green men will jump out of their hiding places at the spacecraft, the excitement levels in both Russia and Europe are high. You never know what might turn up. The thing is to expect the unexpected.

The unmanned spacecraft will get launched on the upcoming Monday, according to AFP. Even if no life is discovered on Mars, there may be signs of life having once upon a time been extant on the Red Planet.

The launch space vehicle program is named ExoMars 2016. The orbiter vehicle will leave the launch pad in Kazakhstan. It will be getting a piggyback ride on a Russian Proton rocket.

With a large panel of instruments, the TGO (Trace Gas Orbiter) will reach Martian territory on October 19th. It will have traveled a total of 496 million km.

The main goals before it will be to photograph the atmosphere and test the climate. The whole mission is a collaboration between the ESA and Roscosmos.

As for the next time, it will be in 2018 when a Mars Rover will take off for the Red Planet. This delay is being taken into consideration due to financial constraints.

The expectations for the current plan are very high though. That is because the objective is no less than a final determining of whether the Martian atmosphere harbors life forms or not. The methane on Mars will be analyzed for any signs of tiny microbes.

Traces of microbes were actually discovered by previous Mars missions. It will almost be like a probe or large smelling organ in space that will gauge the surroundings with its complex instruments.

Methane is normally annihilated by UV rays. This should have happened on the surface of Mars. However, the fact that there is still some methane in the atmosphere means that more is going on beneath the surface than was thought so by scientists on earth.

What is producing the extra methane remains a question that has bedazzled the researchers. Either it is microbes or alien life forms. The biggest evidence of the possibility of life on Mars is the presence of water once upon a time on its surface.

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