A student discussion

Listen to two students comparing Mars and Earth to practise and improve your listening skills.

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Teacher: So you've got a few minutes to discuss with your partner.

Student 1: So, as far as I know, the main similarity between Mars and Earth is that they can both support human life.

Student 2: Yeah, but do we know that's actually true? I mean, Mars is much colder than Earth, isn't it? It says here it's about minus 55 degrees most of the time, whereas on Earth only places like Antarctica get that cold.

Student 1: True. Well then, I suppose you could say both planets are a similar distance from the Sun?

Student 2: No way! Mars is much further away! It says here it's about 228 million kilometres, while Earth is about 150 million.

Student 1: Yes, but in space that's not that far. Jupiter is, like, almost 780 million kilometres. That's why we use astronomical units when we talk about distances in space. Earth is 1 astronomical unit from the Sun and Mars is 1.3. The difference doesn't sound so big when you look at it that way.

Student 2: I see what you mean. Jupiter is 5.2 astronomical units so I guess you're right. What other similarities are there between the two planets?

Student 1: Let's see … not the colour, obviously!

Student 2: Yeah! Earth is called the blue planet and Mars is called the red planet for pretty obvious reasons!

Student 1: Their sizes are pretty different. Mars is about half the size of Earth.

Student 2: 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.

Student 1: You're right. OK, any other things they both share?

Student 2: I suppose you could say they have water in common.

Student 1: Could you? How?

Student 2: Well, Earth is 70 per cent water and Mars probably had huge oceans in the past. It's just that most of the water there now is probably frozen.

Student 1: Ah, I see. I don't think we can say the air is the same, though. Most of Earth's air is nitrogen and oxygen, but Mars …?

Student 2: Mars doesn't really have air, not compared with Earth. It's got about one per cent as much air as Earth.

Student 1: Right, and it's mostly carbon dioxide.

Student 2: Gravity is another difference. I didn't know this, but Mars has higher gravity than the Moon. But it's much less than on Earth, of course.

Student 1: Oh, yes. It says Mars has about 38 per cent of Earth's gravity.

Teacher: OK, let's see what you've found …

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Submitted by nancyvirginiare on Tue, 12/01/2021 - 20:29

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Yes. Technology advances fast. I just read a new about Tesla owner who sold his properties to dedicate to explore Mars.

Submitted by marlio96 on Fri, 08/01/2021 - 02:19

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yes, of course, and I think this future is not so far, probably our children will have the opportunity to live on Mars, I hope to see the first man to step on the mars surface before I die.
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Submitted by Maria Andrea on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 19:10

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I hope does not, becuase, the people is very destructively.

Submitted by lavande1983 on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 16:37

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Now there are multi national people, you can imagine in the future, there will be multi planet people. I mean peope live both on Earth and Mars , they can take a spacecraft to fly in outer space and move between planets. I think one day people can live on Mars . Mars is much further away from the sun than the earth so there is a big difference of temperature between mars and earth. The temperature of mars is about -55 degrees but as you know there are places or coutries on Earth, for example in Oymyakon, a village of Sakha, Russia, the average temperature is about -50 degre, in 1972 it reached -72 degres. On other hand, there is water on mars although it is frozen and mars has only 1% as much air as Earth but these ares important conditions for human life. In the future with technology depelopement and increasing of population on Earth, people can live on mars

Submitted by yuyu on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 08:05

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Yes,of course. The technology becomes so updated and everything can be.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Wed, 06/01/2021 - 06:38

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Off course, one day people will live in Mars. Everything is possible. Human is developing rapidly in the Earth. One day that day will come. Many scientists work on this.

Submitted by MShadow on Sun, 03/01/2021 - 12:38

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Well, one of the great ambitions of SpaceX, a company founded by Elon Musk, is to send people to Mars, launch and establish environment and infrastructure in Mars so that human beings can live there in future.

Submitted by Elham Barakat on Thu, 31/12/2020 - 15:59

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There are still many arguments around this issue. But I suppose after more and more pollution on the earth and the problem of Global warming. We all will seek to live on another planet. The most probability it will be Mars. Mars is the suitable planet to support Human life after the earth.

Submitted by Djon on Sun, 27/12/2020 - 18:44

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As we know, still it was a lot of different discussion about if it possible to live on Mars in future. But, really, as for me i think that it`s almost impossible because the air won`t be expended and it`ll be impossible to live there for alive organism. But we never know , maybe, the science will extend the new area in this direction. We hope for miracle!

Submitted by Shahad2O on Sat, 26/12/2020 - 13:01

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I don’t think we can live on Mars, because in our human nature It’s need to air, water and food and these things we can’t find it on mars. But we can used mars for uesful things such as scientific centers and scientific researches to retuned it us to benefit.