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Landing a rover on Mars is “almost indescribably difficult,” according to retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield.
Despite this reality, scientists have landed a handful on the Red Planet.The Chinese space agency is the latest to do so, dropping the Zhurong rover on Mars earlier this month. Saturday he took his first trip to the surface of the planet.
Hadfield, who was Canada’s first commander of the International Space Station, said research on Mars was essential to find out if we were alone in the universe.
“Why are we trying to land on Mars? Well, I think the basic question is that Mars looked a lot like Earth four billion years ago when life first formed on Earth, ”he said. Control across the country guest host Jason D’Souza on Sunday.
“So if it happened here, did it happen there?” And it will be evident somewhere in the geological records. “
The rovers that are currently crossing Mars are conducting research and taking samples on the ground. If a rover finds a fossil, Hadfield said, “we’ll know we’re not alone in the universe.”
Hadfield joined Verification as part of the show’s regular Ask Me Anything series, and answered listeners’ questions about Mars, unidentified flying objects, and our responsibility as humans in space.
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