NASA’s Manned Mission to Mars – Soon to be Reality?

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NASA’s Manned Mission to Mars – Soon to be Reality?

NASA announced that its manned mission to Mars is a “go” and plans are currently underway. NASA is building a new spacecraft that should make the trip possible by 2030. The Space Launch System (SLS) shuttle project being tested is estimated to cost anywhere between $7 Billion dollars and $35 Billion dollars. The new rocket is the most powerful multi-stage space vehicle that has the capability to support the long journey to Mars.

SLS Rocket

SLS Rocket (NASA)

In a recent interview, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden revealed,

“Today we take another important step on our journey to Mars. While getting to and landing on Mars is hard, Curiosity was an iconic example of how our robotic scientific explorers are paving the way for humans to pioneer Mars and beyond. Mars exploration will be this generation’s legacy, and the Mars 2020 rover will be another critical step on humans’ journey to the Red Planet.”

The new Mars rover is planned to launch in 2020 and will use rock and soil samples collected in order to aid in the future manned mission in 2030. The new rover will carry an important instrument called “MOXIE” and expects to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, turning it into Oxygen. If MOXIE is successful, this will mean that Oxygen production experiments will aid in the manned mission, and will provide the cosmic explorers with air to breathe.

Michael Hecht from the department of Aeronautics at M.I.T. is the chief investigator for the MOXIE instrument and has recently published a paper regarding its production of Oxygen.

 

2020 Mars rover

2020  Mars rover instruments

William Gerstenmaier, an associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters,  explained,

“The 2020 rover will help answer questions about the Martian environment that astronauts will face and test technologies they need before landing on, exploring and returning from the Red Planet. Mars has resources needed to help sustain life, which can reduce the amount of supplies that human missions will need to carry. Better understanding the Martian dust and weather will be valuable data for planning human Mars missions. Testing ways to extract these resources and understand the environment will help make the pioneering of Mars feasible.”

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Jeremy C

Jeremy C

Jeremy has specialized in the I.T. field since 2003 and has education in many disciplines including Data Recovery and Radio Frequency Electronics. He has been a researcher of various topics for more than 17 years. These subjects include Analytic Theology, Epistemology, Philosophy, Astronomy, Cosmology, Physics, Metaphysics, Natural History, Ufology, Near Death Experiences, and Philosophy of Religion. When not writing for Dark Matter News, he enjoys making electronic music, operating on Ham Radio, and repairing old tube type Shortwave Radios.

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