Will a human ever be born on Mars?

NASA plans to send humans to Mars within 20 years.

Will technology enable us to live permanently so far from Earth? Will we want to?


Watch this video and consider the question: will a human ever be born on Mars?

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Controversial issues in science make for great discussion topics. The following video shows students your age expressing a range of opinions about whether or not a human will ever be born on Mars. Get together with your friends and discuss the issue!

Listen to secondary students debating the issue and join in the debate. What do you and your friends think?


This video contains some final opinions. Have you come to a decision yet? What are your reasons?

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Did you know?

  • At its nearest, when Mars’ orbit comes closest to Earth every two years, Mars is about 100 times further away than the Moon.

  • Currently, a journey to Mars would take at least six months. The atmosphere on Mars is 95% CO₂ and the average temperatures below -50 °C.

  • Probes have found evidence of ice on Mars, and many of the elements that would be needed to sustain life.