reply to post by eaganthorn
I have to side with ITF here.
Folks, this is Mars. IF there is life there, it is likely just microbrial, and underground.
Know why?? Well, because there is not a suffiecient atmosphere to protect anything on the surface from prolonged exposure to Solar Radiation.
Or, maybe, as seen here on Earth, there may be bacteria that thrive in Solar Radiation, just as there are anerobic bacteria, and others newly
discovered that thrive in a radioactive environment.
But, multi-cellular organisms??? Highly unlikely.
Here's a quick primer for those who come along, a few questons to answer, just to see if you really understand the basics of our Solar System...
Quick....what is the average distance of the earth from the sun? How long would it take light to travel from the sun to the earth?
NOW...how far is MARS? Is it the second, third or fourth or fifth planet?? (counting outward from the Sun)
HOW long does a radio signal (of course, traveling at the speed of light, since that's our technology) take from Earth to Mars?
That is a trick question, isn't it? Depends on where each planet happens to be in their respective orbits, doesn't it???
OK....you aren't expected to answer, in a post, any of these questions. Because I realize that all of the answers can easily be looked up....my
POINT is.....how many of these answers were right there, on the top of your heads (as the saying goes)....or, 'tip of your tongue' (another
I have a solid answer, the average time from the Sun to Earth, at light speed. I also know the diameter of the Earth's orbit, and have a close
estimate of Mars' orbit....so, I would calculate, based on time selected, what the lightspeed delay between Earth and Mars would be, at any given
place on the calendar.
AGAIN, you don't need to answer, here in a post....just contemplate how little you know if you HAVE NO IDEA without looking it up first.
This, is my point.