fertooos wrote: ↑
Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:26 am
Who was the first to suggest that life on Mars is possible? I remember times when this topic was very popular and discussed on every corner. If it is at least 1% realistic, I would immediately move there from Leeds ... Crazy idea, but sometimes it is useful to imagine mad things. Can you recommend some books to read about Mars and the idea of creating living conditions there?
I don't know who was first to suggest that there might be life on Mars, but Percival Lowell, a wealthy astronomer from Boston, was extremely influential when it came to spreading the idea that there was life on Mars. In the late 1800s, Percial Lowell claimed that there were canals, artificially created waterways, on Mars, and that there therefore must be intelligent beings on Mars who created them. Read more here
, where you can also find out a little about H.G. Wells and his novel The War of the Worlds
, and Edgar Rice Burroughs and his romantic and swashbuckling adventures set on Mars. Burroughs was the one who gave the Martians green skin, and thus he is responsible for creating the idea of "little green men".
You might also want to see the 2015 movie The Martian
, which is about an American astronaut accidentally left behind on Mars when his fellow astronauts leave, and he has to fend for himself on Mars.
Nowadays many scientists believe that simple life forms may very well have existed on Mars in the past, and fossils of such life forms might remain, and just possibly even some simple life forms may still survive on Mars today. It is generally believed that such life forms would have to live underground, since conditions on the Martian surface are generally regarded as too harsh for life as we know it.