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A Potential Haven for Future Human Colonists, Offering Hope Amidst Earth's Depleting Resources

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As humans continue to deplete Earth's resources, experts believe that colonizing Mars, the only other habitable planet in our solar system, is the best solution to prevent possible extinction. Mars' somewhat suitable atmosphere makes it an ideal candidate for human habitation. Recent reports of a mysterious "hole" on Mars have piqued the interest of experts and space enthusiasts alike.

This mysterious pit, only a few meters across, sits on a lava flow on the ancient and now-extinct volcano Arsia Mons. According to space.com, the crater may lead to a larger cave that could provide shelter for both astronauts and potential Martian life. The pit was first imaged on August 15, 2022, from a position 256 kilometers above the surface.

Lava flowing from a volcano often creates extensive underground tubes that channel the movement of hot material. While these tubes are commonly found along the sides of volcanoes, this one appears to be a vertical shaft. If verified, it could potentially lead to a cavern or cave system. Similar to the Moon or Earth, Mars might have empty lava tubes, known as skylights, which could offer shelter for human settlements on the planet's barren surface.

An image of one such pit reveals a sidewall, suggesting it is cylindrical and may not connect to a cave. These holes, known as "pit craters," are prevalent on Hawaiian volcanoes. On Earth, their depths range from six to 186 meters, while the Arsia Mons pit in the image is 178 meters deep. Scientists find these pits fascinating as they could provide insights into Mars' past and help determine if microbial life currently exists on the planet.

Humans' obsession with occupying Mars stems from the need to find a new home as Earth's resources dwindle. Mars' close proximity, perfect placement in our shared solar system, and an almost suitable atmosphere make it the next best option for humanity. With each passing day, our fascination with the red planet grows.

Chinese researchers have created an AI-powered robotic chemist that can generate enough oxygen for humans to breathe on Mars. Last year, four volunteers participated in a simulation mimicking life on Mars for 378 days, allowing NASA to collect cognitive and physical performance data for future long-duration missions. In another significant development, NASA successfully produced small amounts of oxygen using its Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilisation Experiment (MOXIE) instrument, enough to sustain an astronaut for a few hours.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09