Mars was alive and well once, a flourishing planet with a vast ocean covering the northern hemisphere and great potential for life. Sadly, the sun got in the way and all the potential was wasted. In time, Mars died and so did the water and the possible life that inhabited it. This world changed and it took humans thousands of years to figure out what actually happened with it.
This information was confirmed on Tuesday this week, when NASA declared that one of its missions, commonly known as MAVEN, has gathered enough data to conclude that the sun is responsible for Mars’ demise and its continuous actions upon the planet have led it to this decaying state.
So how did the sun do it? It is fair to begin by stating that the sun is releasing solar winds most of the time. These winds travel throughout space and eventually collide with every planet’s atmosphere. Mars has been continuously bombarded by these winds for thousands of years, even millions before mankind was ever born. And these persistent winds eventually stripped Mars of the nourishing atmosphere that it initially had.
But how did Earth survive? After all, Earth is closer to the Sun than Mars is, so if this planet eventually got destroyed, how is it that we made it? The explanation is a very simple one: Earth is in a Goldilocks zone, which means that we are (luckily enough) in the exact position required to nourish life to the fullest. It’s not too hot and it’s not too cold either. We are also getting some great help from the poles, which reflect a lot of negative energy back into space.
Mars is not as lucky as we are. Being a little further away than we are, its atmosphere is simply not strong enough to resist the constant bombardment from the sun. So, years after years, Mars’ atmosphere has been leaking away oxygen and the rest of the particles that were meant to sustain life. The planet got colder, lost its water and, if it there was any life on Mars, it is gone now.
Mars was alive and well once, but it just couldn’t take it anymore. MAVEN even discovered that the solar winds are blasting the remaining atmosphere at around 1 million miles per hour, so no wonder it ended up in such a bad shape. It is enough to say that life on Mars is inexistent and things are pretty much official now.
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