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Mars, A Cosmic Stepping Stone

Uncovering Humanity's Cosmic Context

Mars, A Cosmic Stepping Stone
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The questions of our origin and cosmic abundance of life are among the most compelling facing humanity. We have determined much about the nature and origin of the Universe and our place in it, but with virtually all evidence of our origin long since gone from our world and an unimaginably vast Universe still to explore, defining answers are difficult to obtain. For all of the difficulties facing us however, the planet Mars may act as a cosmic stepping stone in uncovering some of the answers.Although different today, the origin and early history of both Earth and Mars may have been similar enough to consider an origin to life on both. But because Mars planetary processes collapsed over three billion years ago - just as life was beginning to flourish on Earth - a significant and unique record of activity from that era perhaps relevant to the origin of life still resides there today. In recognition of this, both the US and Europe are currently engaged in one of the most ambitious programs of exploration ever undertaken.Built on our legacy of Mars exploration from the Viking era and before, a far-reaching, phased, program of robotic exploration now and over the coming decades aims at obtaining definitive answers about the origin and nature of the red planet and what it has to say about the origin and cosmic abundance of life.
Springer; August 2008
428 pages; ISBN 9780387499819
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