Hitchhiking to mars

Mars is no longer just a red dot in the sky, but a place we can go. We used to think it was just foolishness to think humans could travel to Mars, but the twenty-first century has seen huge strides in technology.

Before 1965 Mars was a mystery.
What was it like? Was it a dead planet or were its volcanoes still active? Today we even have a map of Mars like that of our Earth.

Since 1965 thanks to NASA’s orbiters, landers and rovers, we now know more about Mars, but it is still a mystery in many ways. It is a land of marvels and wonder. Olympus Mons is almost three times taller than Mount Everest. Valles Marineris is the deepest and longest canyon in the solar system. It is more than four times deeper than the Grand Canyon.

Still think its foolishness to travel to Mars?
SpaceX founder Elon Musk may force you to eat your words.

The Associated Press tells us that Elon Musk unveiled plans to put humans on Mars as early as 2024. Musk said SpaceX’s upcoming BFR mega-rocket can take dozens of people to the moon and to Mars and can also fly from New York to Tokyo in less than 30 minutes.

“For years, Elon Musk has been focused on building a colony on Mars. It’s why he founded SpaceX in 2002, and it’s been the driving force behind it ever since.” According to the article in The Washington Post that appeared in thestar.com on Sept. 29, 2017.

Calgary engineer Zac Trolley was among the 7,000 Canadians who applied to Mars One Mission and among the 1,000 people who made the shortlist in 2014.

When people asked him “Why would you leave everything on Earth behind?” His reply was prompt, “Because I’m getting an entire planet.”

Zac Trolley is the new Martian
Zac Trolley is coming back home to own his planet.

Zac Trolley and the 1,000 people who made the shortlist may be the first astronauts to step foot on Mars. And their children may actually be tweeting from Mars. It may be even become a trendy holiday resort.

Now that’s something to chew on. In my middlegrade book The Weird Adventures of Virgo Capella, the hero is on a mission to save Biham from starving from lack of space food. Alien snatchers are close on his heels. Will Virgo succeed in taking him back to Mars in time? Check it out on the Books page.

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