When I was a little girl, I had a brother who was very interested in astronomy. He read all kinds of books on the subject and then would tell me about what he had read. We would go outdoors and he would point out various constellations in the night sky. He would explain to me that some of the stars were so far away, by the time the light reached us and we were looking at them, they possibly did not exist anymore. We were looking at their ghosts. My brother also believed there was life on other planets, perhaps even in our very own Milky Way Galaxy in which our solar system is located. The thought of intelligent life on other planets fascinated him, and to this day he still believes they may even have visited us at some time. He said one of the earliest recorded accounts of this was in the Bible where, Elijah had apparently been taken up to Heaven in a “Chariot of Fire”, and there were eye witnesses to this.
I was as skeptical then as I am now, so as far as I am concerned, the jury is still out about whether we have been visited by life from other planets. I do believe, however, that in the very near future we will set foot on at least one other planet in our solar system. I believe we will colonize Mars, and there will be children of the human race born on Mars. They will not be of Earth, but indeed will be Martians. They will call Mars home, and Earth will be a distant planet. Did Mars cultivate life at another point in time? Perhaps. Was it intelligent life? Why not? No one knows for sure. There is some indication there was water on Mars at one time, and all the components for life. Perhaps they started out as microbes, much as we did, but the harsh environment could not sustain them.
The human race is still in its infancy, and yet in our baby steps, 12 men have already walked on the moon -- the earth's nearest satellite. That is phenomenal when you think that the Industrial Revolution began with the first steam engine less than 300 years ago. Where will we be 100 years from now? Will one of your descendants be the first Martian?