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Travelling to Mars in Orion

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What Would It Be Like to Travel to Mars in Orion?

Spacecraft systems engineer Amber Gell describes the challenges of a three-year journey to Mars and back.

Credit: NASA

Source: NASA - Multimedia

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No way. Orion is far too small.

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No way. Orion is far too small.

Did you actually watch the video?

If you had, at 23 seconds in you would have heard the following:

...you would hopefully have, you know, a camper attached, so, another Mars transfer spacecraft perhaps, to give you more space

A mission to Mars would not consist JUST of an Orion capsule.

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Maybe they could build something in space first, similar to the ISS then tow that to Mars

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Maybe they could build something in space first, similar to the ISS then tow that to Mars

That's almost certainly what will happen.

Unlike the ISS, which gets resupplied from the Earth with various cargo mission, a Mars mission will have to carry all of it's consumables with it.

NASA will, by then, have the space launch system, a rocket more powerful than the Saturn V. Multiple launches will place components in Earth orbit, which will be docked together, before the final launch which will have the crew.

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