Searching for Life on Mars - with Earthwatch

Wildlife & Ecosystems

Searching for Life on Mars

Join the first public expedition to Mars to help answer the ultimate question: are we alone in the universe?

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The facts

Why the research is important

Why the research is important

No human has ever set foot on Mars. It's kind of a big deal.

Billions of years ago, Mars and Earth had lots in common.

Scientists already know that Mars has polar ice caps and clouds in its atmosphere. They also think that billions years ago it looked more like Earth did: it had a warmer and wetter environment, an environment that could have harbored life. No, we're not talking little green men—we're talking microbes. And researchers think that some of these microorganisms could even be alive today, if the planet still has any water.

Scientists also want to understand how Mars shifted from a place that could have sustained life to the harsh environment it is now. When did this shift happen, and how? Could Mars ever become hospitable for life again?

Be among the first people to set off into the stars in search of answers. While other philanthropist billionaires are testing supersonic flights to the outer edge of Earth’s atmosphere, with Earthwatch, you’ll zip past the Moon and toward the stars in search of answers.

Yes, this is a big time commitment: the flight to the rendezvous point will take anywhere from 150 to 300 days. But who’s counting? You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that a few years of your life is totally worth it to potentially discover life on Mars.

About the research area

Mars, United States, North America & Arctic

Daily life in the field


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The Scientists


Intergalactic Science Coalition, Milky Way Galaxy

ABOUT Marvin Martin

For years, Commander Marvin Martin has scoured space for signs of life. Now, he has partnered with Earthwatch for an upcoming quest to Mars.


Accommodations and Food

Accommodations and Food


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