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Intermediate: B1


Hello dear, the British Council team
One of the requirements for traveling to Mars is access to highly equipped rockets to protect passengers from radiation that is very harmful to their bodies. I think people will live on Mars on the future, but in different physical capacities or situations. Mars is very different from Earth. carbon dioxide is much larger than Earth. the weather degrees are in -55 degrees, so its waters are frozen because its farther from the sun. there isn't any suitable air in it so it's so hard to live in.
It is very difficult to reach the mars because there are much more ion rays around it. It may be possible for people to live on it in future but not for us . Different people in different physical systems.
Best Wishes

definitlly .I dont think that..

Of course. Actually we have the technology to support life there. We have the issue of develop travel whit ships that could be reused, because that is important in terms of the mission costs. Ironically we find the way for support the life in Mars but don’t in earth when the use of natural resources exceed the capacity of regeneration

"What about this? It looks like the days on both planets are almost the same length. Earth's day is 24 hours but Mars's is about half an hour longer."

I'd like to understand the meaning of this part of the discussion.
It says that on both planets the days are almost the same length first, but there's a big difference at the end of the sentence.

Hello pizzy78
'half an hour longer' means 24 hours plus half an hour. So the day on Mars is approximately 24 hours and 30 minutes. Compared to Earth, that's a difference of about 30 minutes, which Student 2 considers to be similar enough to say that their days are almost the same length.
Does that make sense?
All the best
The LearnEnglish Team

Ok, thank you very much!

yes, i think people will live on Mars one day, as population on Earth increase day by day so one day there is no space for building new houses so eventually people will shift on Mars.

I suppose that we can not live on Mars .it is for me just scientific fiction.

Maybe in future people going to live in Mars but technicaly it is difficult to talk about it right now . Anyway I never going to live in Mars because I can't tolerate cold weather

I don't think the human can live on Mars, cause air and weather are too difference.