Life on Mars? Past, Present and Future

Overview for Life on Mars

Mars has a history just like the Earth and understanding it is a key element of the search for life on Mars. Understanding the changes of Mars’ climate may also be a way of looking at our own future. The Mars Atmosphere and Volotile Evolution (MAVEN) mission was to look at this and how Mars has changed.

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Billions of years ago when the Red Planet was young, it appears to have had a thick atmosphere that was warm enough to support oceans of liquid water.

Astrobiology is the study of Life in the future, past present and future. It is an interdisciplinary study which means that Physicists, Chemists, Biologists, geologists and people with knowledge of many different subjects can apply their knowledge in investigating life in the Universe.

This resource will be broken down into different activities and resources from how Orbiters, Landers and Rovers are used to search for life on Mars or signs that there was life on Mars in the past. How Human life can survive in Space and on Mars and finally the search for life outside of our solar systems on Exoplanets.

Click the lesson topics on the right or below to carry on with this lesson, or click here to start the lesson Mars Fossils. Complete all the 4 topics, then you can return and complete this lesson.

Further Materials, Resources & Information

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Full STEAM Ahead – Space Exploration Education Grant

UK Space AgencyThis lesson has been produced as part of the Full STEAM Ahead Project with the UK Space Agency. We are one of eight organisations across the UK to be awarded to deliver and produce exciting new education outreach activities and projects. The UK Space Agency are delighted to be able to support these projects, which represent a diverse selection of cross-curricular activities that meet it’s education objectives in encouraging children to take up STEAM subjects, raise awareness of careers in space-related areas, and raise awareness of the UK’s exploration programme.


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