NASA study: Impossible' to make Mars like Earth with current technology

NASA study: Impossible' to make Mars like Earth with current technology

Mars's next close approach is October 6, 2020.

The position of Mars as opposed to the earth in end-July is such that the fourth planet is only 5.7 crore kilometres from earth at its nearest approach.

Transforming planets as a pre-cursor to colonisation is a staple of science fiction, and an aspiration for individuals including Elon Musk, whose company SpaceX uses images of terraforming Mars in its promotional material.

The atmospheric pressure on Mars is around 0.6 percent of Earth's. Additionally, gravitational pull of the planets within our solar system constantly affects the shape of their orbits, moving Mars' orbit even closer to the Earth.

Don't forget to look up and catch a glimple of a brighter Mars tonight as the Red Planet makes its closest approach to Earth in 15 years on Tuesday. The picture was taken from a distance of 36.9 million miles (59,39 million km).

For instance, back in early 2017 researchers examined data that was collected from the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) program and noted then also that there wasn't enough Carbon dioxide in the red planet's atmosphere. A close encounter with Earth like this won't happen again until the year 2287.


The Hubble space telescope received the Saturn during opposition the planet Earth in June of this year, when conditions for observations were most favorable.

There's also a hexagonal pattern visible around the planet's north pole, which is a stable wind feature that was discovered way back in 1981.

Luckily, you can see Mars easily with the naked eye. Generally, the minimum distance from Mars to Earth is 55.7 million km whereas maximum distance planet Mars can be away from Earth is 401.3 Million Km. Mars will still be easy to spot and just as bright for several weeks into August.

According to NASA, Mars will reach its highest point in the sky around midnight, when we will be able to see it approximately 35 degrees above the southern horizon. As Mars and the Sun appear opposite sides of the sky, we can call that Mars is in "opposition". The late-summer skies are filled with celestial gems and this August also brings us three great planets!

If weather is bad where you are, NASA will be streaming live from the Griffith Observatory.

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