Christian Long

Penelope Boston: There Might Be Life on Mars

In TED Talks on May 4, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Reflection by MORGAN P.

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Penelope Boston:  There Might Be Life on Mars

Life On Mars. It sounds cool right? But really, is it possible?

Penelope Boston believes that there very well might be life on Mars. And that one day, we will have a “solar system going civilization.” Penelope feels that there is a 25 to 50 percent chance that life exists on Mars. Penelope has spent her whole life wondering if there could be life on other planets. Her fascination has led her to investigate caves and rock formations.

When we think of life on other planets, we tend to picture green aliens with one eye. But what Penelope is talking about is micro sized organisms. I think that maybe there could be micro organisms on Mars. But i’m not sure if it is worth it to explore. The belief that life exists on other planets comes from the theory of Evolution. That things complicate and increase in number and size. But, it is hard for me to imagine that something can grow from nothing.

The theory of life on other planets is not new. People have been curious since it has been discovered that Mars is the most similar to Earth than all of the other planets.Penelope believes that life in the universe will be everywhere. I really don’t believe this. I highly doubt that life will ever be that abundant in space. It is so dangerous even for trained professionals to go to space. How can we just send anyone up there? Even though it is said that Mars is the most similar to Earth, it is still impossible for us to live there. The temperature on Mars can get down to -55 degrees farenheit. You’re bone density would decrease greatly because gravity is decreasing.

Civilization on Mars would recquire too much equipment and funding. Even today we still don’t completelty understand our own planet. We will always be curious about the universe. There will always be questions that can not be answered.


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