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Today’s Sci-Fi Tomorrow’s Real Life? Interplanetary or Art?

May 22nd, 2013

Whether or not humans are the only life force in the in Universe remains a recurring question throughout the world of science fiction, be it in books or movies. Considering the vastness of space with billions and billions of stars and even more planets in orbit, simple probability reveals that life beyond earth is a strong possibility.

But what about in our own solar system? Is the Martian world of H.G. Wells not the stuff of science fiction? Was there a measure of truth to his prescience? NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is well on its way to solving this question once and for all.

Has the Mars Rover Curiosity Found Life?

Scientists recently reported that the Mars rover Curiosity discovered traces of the chemical compounds needed for a habitable red planet. These chemicals were found in an area of Mars once covered by water. NASA scientists feel that microbe-level life could have been supported at one time.

“The key thing here is an environment a microbe could have lived in and might have even prospered in,” said NASA scientist, John Grotzinger. “(W)e have found a habitable environment that is so benign and supportive of life that probably if this water was around and you had been on the planet, you would have been able to drink it.”

NASA is still holding back on a full declaration that life at one time existed on Mars, but they are on the cusp of that statement. “We’ve been able to take this to the next level of understanding whether or not Mars was habitable,” said Michael Meyer, NASA’s lead Mars scientist.

Engineering is at the Core of the Mars Cover

NASA’s work with the Mars rover Curiosity wouldn’t be possible without the significant contributions from many in the world of engineering. The fact that scientists can remotely control a vehicle on another planet proves that the stuff of science fiction is slowly becoming science fact.

Do you want to be part of this space engineering revolution? Do you have the right stuff? Make it a point to talk to the people at The Talley Group. As one of the leading engineering staffing companies in the Northwest United States, they have the recruiters on hand to take your career into interplanetary orbit.

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