NASA Begins In Hawaii In Its Search For Life On Mars

Posted: Nov 7 2016, 8:17am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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NASA Begins in Hawaii in its Search for Life on Mars
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NASA began in Hawaii in its search for life on Mars. This may seem paradoxical yet it is true.

The search for intelligent beings on Mars is going to take NASA’s expert technicians to another venue. It already exists on earth and it is Mauna Ula in Hawaii.

NASA’s BASALT mission is basically built to test technologies for future crew members who will try to reach Mars. This project of sorts will begin this week in Hawaii. Once the commencement has started, the experts will collect and protect biological samples.

The whole purpose behind traveling to Mars is to see whether there are any life forms there or not. While the geology is definitely something to explore, the real question to ask is whether we are alone. The BASALT mission will be supervised by the University of Hawaii.

The geologists and biologists will work together for a fortnight in Hawaii. Rocks that have live bacteria in them will be prevented from being contaminated by these researchers. The major issue NASA wants to tackle is the danger of false positives. For this the space agency has revealed a novel contraption.

It is termed the Bio-Indicator Lidar Instrument (BILI). This employs a light beam to detect bio-signals with the least amount of external contamination. Mission control will have its communication channels blocked for a total time span of 20 minutes.

Analog missions have been a mainstay of NASA. Hawaii’s volcanic regions make for excellent copies of the surface of Mars. Plants rarely grow in the geology and the rocks contain basalt. This mineral is mostly found on Mars too. On Mauna Loa, scientists have already spent year-long missions.

Yet while these were meant to test the psychological limits of the participants, the BASALT mission is supposed to better the quality of Mars research.

Solitude and isolation has several negative effects on health. Emotional and decision-making skills decline with the passage of time as a person is placed in conditions of quarantine. The same process occurs in outer space.

The astronauts face several hindrances in the satisfaction of what can only be called human nature. They miss all sorts of beautiful experiences they had while on the planet earth.

Boredom and ennui are two issues that are terrible for mental health. NASA is engaging in all these missions to get its budding astronauts used to such extreme conditions.

One day if they travel to Mars or beyond, they will have to withstand the unnatural conditions during the space journey. This is something for which the Boy Scouts’ motto “Be Prepared” counts in a thorough manner.

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