South African Young Academy of Science

The race to Mars

The race to Mars
October 22, 2020 Sinenhlanhla Sikhosana
Will the red planet be our saving grace? Scientists have been on the hunt for exoplanets and extraterrestrial life since the 1890s when Nikola Tesla suggested that electrical signals could be used to communicate with beings on Mars. Historically, the search for habitable planets has been curiosity-oriented research, with scientists mainly focusing on the understanding…