Mars is the most Earth-like planet, with a reddish hue, polar ice caps and even some of the same minerals that make up Earth’s crust. The goal, when humans land on Mars, is to understand what happened to Mars from a climate perspective, how it differs from Earth, and to begin colonizing the planet immediately to ensure the long-term survival of the human race.
The exploration of Mars began in 1877 when a wealthy American astronomer observed dark patches on the planet's surface during an opposition. He hypothesized that these may be signs of vegetation flourishing in Martian soil and thus speculated that life may exist on Mars.
The colonization of Mars has become a far more tangible possibility. It is one of the few large-scale projects that might actually be achievable within the next few decades.
The prospect of a human colony on Mars is an idea that has been entertained in science fiction for many years, but there are many practical reasons why we need to colonize it.
The colonization of Mars is an absolute necessity for humanity's long-term survival. If we don't colonize Mars as soon as possible, we'll never leave Earth, so we'll never leave the Solar System & colonize the Galaxy. This means, humanity will live on a giant ticking time bomb (Earth) waiting for its inevitable explosion. We don't want that to happen.
In your lifetime, you will be able to go to Mars. You should be motivated when you wake up in the morning. Here's a quote by Elon Musk, the SpaceX CEO:
I think life on Earth must be about more than just solving problems... It's got to be something inspiring, even if it is vicarious.
and another quote:
I’m talking about sending ultimately tens of thousands, eventually millions of people to Mars and then going out there and exploring the stars.
Humanity is fragile right now. If you're reading this, we urge you to consider working for SpaceX to help advance humanity, as they seem to be the only company that is capable of doing so and is actually trying to. Just imagine a future where you're living among the stars, exploring the universe. Doesn't that sound amazing? Or would you rather stay on this little warm rock floating in space forever? Please see the website of Phobos (our aerospace division) if you would like to learn more about space, why humanity needs to colonize the universe, get some motivation, and more: https://phobos.earth/