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Mars Base Camp mission could launch by 2028


Posted on Sunday, 19 March, 2017 | Comment icon 2 comments

Concept image of what the Mars Base Camp mission might look like. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin
NASA partner Lockheed Martin is planning an ambitious mission to put astronauts into orbit around Mars.
Known as Mars Base Camp, the project would involve the construction of a spacecraft incorporating two of NASA's Orion capsules along with additional habitation and research modules.

The mission, which would last for around three years, would ditch the idea of landing astronauts on the surface of Mars in favor of placing them high up in orbit instead - the perfect place to carry out research, launch remote-controlled probes and look for landing spots for future missions.

It may even be possible to use one of the Orion capsules to visit Phobos - one of Mars' moons.

The Mars Base Camp concept is certainly more achievable than attempting to land on the surface of Mars in the near future - especially given that Orion isn't designed to take off from other worlds.

Even achieving orbit around the planet would be a major milestone in manned space exploration.

Whether the mission will ever actually get off the ground however remains to be seen.


Source: Extreme Tech | Comments (2)

Tags: Lockheed, Mars


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by EBE Hybrid on 20 March, 2017, 0:00
A big thumbs up to this , the objectives seem to be achievale with current technology and being able to operate rovers (and perhaps drones, hopefully) in real time should produce some really useful results. I hope they make the habitat spacious and comfortable for the mission crew!
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer on 20 March, 2017, 17:57
Don't forget to bring the potatoes.


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