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NASA aims to land humans on Mars by 2035

Posted on Saturday, 31 May, 2014 | Comment icon 36 comments

Humans may step foot on Mars within 20 years. Image Credit: NASA/Pat Rawlings
The space agency has emphasized that sending humans to the Red Planet is still its primary mission.
At the recent European Lunar Symposium at the Natural History Museum in London, chief NASA scientist Dr Ellen Stofan and deputy chief technologist Jim Adams indicated that a manned mission to Mars may be possible by 2035.

"To unambiguously settle the questions of whether there was life on Mars it will take scientists down on the surface," said Dr Stofan.

One of the ways in which NASA hopes to work towards this goal is to use the Moon as a practice ground to test out the technologies that will be relied upon once a manned crew sets off for Mars.

Another stepping stone will be the proposed manned asteroid mission that will see astronauts fly to a space rock after it has been towed in to near-Earth orbit especially for this purpose. The endeavor would provide a valuable opportunity to test out many of the technologies that will be used going to Mars such as new spacesuits and ways to protect the astronauts from radiation.

"Where NASA is headed is to the Martian surface in the 2030s," said Adams. "It is my dream that once we’ve put boots on Mars and we’ve established that pioneering presence on the surface, we would have already been thinking about where to go next."

Source: Natural History Museum | Comments (36)

Tags: Mars, NASA

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Comment icon #27 Posted by Capt Amerika on 2 June, 2014, 16:38
Shouldn't we at least land on the moon first? seems like a logical place to start.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 2 June, 2014, 16:43
You are kidding right ? Please say that you are kidding !
Comment icon #29 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 3 June, 2014, 19:08
No, I would consider it an abhorrent thing to do. To suggest scientific experimentation on any unwilling human being is totally vile and amoral.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 3 June, 2014, 19:13
It doesn't. No one has ever said it does. The Asteroid Redirect Mission is an early mission for the Orion/SLS programme taking place, probably, on the second manned mission of the Orion vehicle. It's goal is to learn about asteroids so that plans can be formulated to protect Earth from future impacts. However what NASA learn from this and other early flights will be applied to any future manned missions, including flights to Mars.
Comment icon #31 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 3 June, 2014, 19:32
No he doesn't, he REALLY doesn't It seems off target to YOU. Have you ever considered the fact that it may be YOU that is off target, you that doesn't understand the issues? I have already explained, in my previous post, why NASA is going to carry out the Asteroid Redirect Mission, I'll leave it at that. Yes, are you? Yes, if you ignore Kepler, Newton, over four hundred years of scientific wisdom and the existence of the Sun. AS Lilly said, both Earth and Mars are moving, however there is more to it than that. If you give a spacecraft enough velocity to leave Eart... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by toast on 3 June, 2014, 19:37
This agency (Mars-1) is a joke, NASA isn`t.
Comment icon #33 Posted by toast on 3 June, 2014, 19:50
A: 1.) think; 2.) post. In this sequence.
Comment icon #34 Posted by Socio on 4 June, 2014, 12:22
That will never happen either, private companies exist to profit, the law of supply and demand will make it impossible.
Comment icon #35 Posted by Capt Amerika on 4 June, 2014, 18:32
i was kidding.
Comment icon #36 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 4 June, 2014, 19:48
Except that Mars 1 is a not-for-profit organisation.

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