Monday, December 5, 2022
Contact    |    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon  
You are viewing: Home > News > Space & Astronomy > News story
Welcome Guest ( Login or Register )  
Space & Astronomy

Mars Base Camp mission could launch by 2028

By T.K. Randall
March 19, 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)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by EBE Hybrid 6 years ago
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 6 years ago
Don't forget to bring the potatoes.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


Our new book is out now!

The Unexplained Mysteries
Book of Weird News

 AVAILABLE NOW 

Take a walk on the weird side with this compilation of some of the weirdest stories ever to grace the pages of a newspaper.

Click here to learn more

We need your help!

Support us on Patreon

 BONUS CONTENT 

For less than the cost of a cup of coffee, you can gain access to a wide range of exclusive perks including our popular 'Lost Ghost Stories' series.

Click here to learn more

 Total Posts: 7,368,006    Topics: 303,232    Members: 198,988

 Not a member yet ? Click here to join - registration is free and only takes a moment!
Recent news and articles