NASA grabbed a lot of headlines this week with its message of a “Mars Mystery Solved!”
Social media started buzzing with guesses on the announcement, ranging from implications of water on Mars, to actual life on the red planet. Indeed, when NASA made all the excitement official, it unveiled definitive signs of liquid, flowing water on our closest planetary neighbor.
CuriosityStream advisory board member and SETI Institute co-founder Dr. Jill Tarter shared her thoughts on NASA’s revelation and the implications for her work at the forefront of the search for extraterrestrial life:
“Liquid water on Mars – now! That’s just one more way that the universe appears to be bio-friendly. But determining whether this habitable real estate is actually inhabited will be a tough job, and one that demands a lot of care. As John Rummel (the SETI Institute’s own Planetary Protection guru) reminds us, we could potentially do a lot of harm by introducing terrestrial organisms into environments on Mars where they could grow and reproduce.
Dr. Tarter continued, “Ultimately humans may wish to live on the red planet, which won’t be so red after terraforming, but first we need to know if anything else is living there. If there is life, and it isn’t related to us, then this second genesis in our one small solar system guarantees that we will find life beyond Earth in great abundance. Whether any of that life is intelligent and technological is an obvious next question; the question that SETI works to answer.”
You can dive deep into all these questions on CuriosityStream, which is premiering four new programs focused on the scientific, historical and emotional perspectives of exploring and potentially living on Mars.
MARS: THE JOURNEY is an original mini-documentary about mankind’s enduring quest to explore Mars, featuring experts from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. A series of recent robotic missions is providing clues that could pave the way for manned exploration that could one day make Mars our home.
DESTINATION MARS is a 5-part original series investigating the perils and promise of a manned mission to Mars. A mix of documentary sequences, expert interviews and dramatic reconstructions explore in detail the plans of the Netherlands-based group Mars One – and efforts underway by NASA and private companies to reach the red planet. Here’s a sneak peak:
A CURIOUS WORLD: CAN WE COLONIZE MARS? is a short-form original that explores the realities of living on the red planet. Multiple public and private ventures are making real progress toward a goal that once seemed unimaginable: establishing a human settlement on Mars. But what will it take to get there? Will humans ultimately be able to survive on Mars?
COSMIC FRONT: TERRAFORMING MARS is a one-hour special that explores how a seemingly dead world like the red planet could be transformed into an Eden of flowing rivers and towering forests in less than a century. Astrobiologist Chris McKay has a bold plan to seed life, warm the atmosphere and trigger cascading events that could create a second earth teeming with life.
Start right here to begin your own mission of curiosity!