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19 May, 2010 22:36

NASA looks to Mars to find life in space

NASA has plans to send rovers back to Mars by 2018 in order to collect soil and rock samples in search of life.

The initiative comes as six people enter a special chamber in Russia in an attempt to learn what a long flight to and from Mars would do to the human body.

In recent years, NASA has discovered water on Mars and has now decided to begin looking for fossils, samples and other evidence of life on other planets.

“Finally, it’s long overdue,” said Jeff Manber, a space entrepreneur. Manber said the investment is worth the potential philosophical and practical gains.

“The question of what it would change in our view of religion and our view of ourselves” would have a “profound effect” on our society, said Manber.

Further exploration also helps in understanding more about the survival of humans and whether Mars could sustain a human colony in the event the human species must leave Earth.

According to Manber, Mars was once a place that could sustain life.

"It was once a planet with water and today it’s empty. There is a lot we can learn from that,” said Manber.

Is there life on Mars?

Said Manber, “Sure, there better be!”