“Mars once was wet and fertile. It’s now bone dry. Something bad happened on Mars. I want to know what happened on Mars so that we may prevent it from happening here on Earth.” –Neil deGrasse Tyson
No, what happened on Mars isn’t in any danger of happening here on Earth, despite what your sci-fi horror films might have you believe. We’re a long way from becoming a dry, cold, barren desert wasteland like our neighboring world.
But just because we’re not in danger of that doesn’t mean that it isn’t vitally important to understand what exactly happened on Mars, because — as it turns out — Mars wasn’t always like this! In fact, there’s plenty of evidence to show that early on, Mars was a lot more Earth-like than most people think.
What happened? The exciting news is that our leading theory is about to be put to the test! Come find out how.