Story by Tom Snider

Over the past 40 years rovers have been sent to explore mars. NASA’s website says that “NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and mars in the 2030s.”

That’s right, a manned flight to mars.

Many movies and books have been made about this concept over the years. Students at BYU-Idaho have their own ideas of what results will be found on this mission to mars.

“Maybe we’ll learn more about our solar system and how it came to be. We learned that from going to the moon and we learned that from our own earth. But I’m not sure we’ll learn much more than that.” Said Carstean Ashton, a junior studying Exercise Physiology

NASA says that, “Mars had conditions suitable for life in its past. Future exploration could uncover evidence of life, answering one of the fundamental mysteries of the cosmos: does life exist beyond earth?”

Just as there is media revolved around visiting mars, there is a vast amount of media that flirts with the idea that there is life beyond earth. Students at BYU-Idaho have thoughts of their own.

“I think that there is defiantly eco systems that have been made, that are right distance from the sun that have the right elements on planets that promote life.” Said Lathen Breshears, a junior studying Human Biology.

If NASA succeeds in its research and mission, they are proximately 20 years away from not only landing man on mars but scientifically solving one of the greatest questions. Are we alone?