NASA recently released plans detailing the possibility of sending astronauts to Mars for an extended period of time as well as the development of related technology. The proposal indicates that the astronauts will be on Mars around the year 2030. However, many preparations still need to be made in advance.

NASA plans to develop a new shuttle and brake system to accommodate the conditions on Mars.

NASA plans to develop a new shuttle and brake system to accommodate the conditions on Mars. In addition, they will need to thoroughly prepare their astronauts as extended periods of time in micro-gravity can cause bone loss, atrophy, vision problems, and more. Furthermore, radiation outside of the Earth’s magnetic field can cause additional problems if the astronauts are not appropriately protected.

Another part of the plan is the Asteroid Redirect Mission, in which NASA plans to relocate part of an asteroid so that it orbits around the moon. The purpose of this mission is to test new advancements such as robotic grabbing technology, soft landings, and redesigned astronaut suits — all things necessary for the mission to Mars. If all goes as planned, this mission will be up and running by the year 2025.

The purpose of this mission is to test new advancements such as robotic grabbing technology, soft landings, and redesigned astronaut suits — all things necessary for the mission to Mars. If all goes as planned, this mission will be up and running by the year 2025.

Along with all of these technical developments, NASA plans to make economical preparations. The project as a whole will definitely be costly. Therefore, NASA has stated that although they have not yet calculated the total cost, they plan to use existing budgets to complete near-term pieces of the project and create new budgets for the long-term portions. As the report explained, “There are challenges to pioneering Mars, but we know they are solvable. We are developing the capabilities necessary to get there, land there, and live there.”


REFERENCES

Newcomb, A. (2015, October 9). Mars Mission: Inside NASA’s Plan for Astronauts to Live on the Red Planet. In ABC News. Retrieved October 17, 2015, from http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/mars-mission-inside-nasas-plan-astronauts-live-red/story?id=34367592

Pasztor, A. (2015, October). NASA Report Details Long-Range Plans for Astronauts to Live on Mars. In The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 17, 2015, from http://www.wsj.com/articles/nasa-report-details-long-range-plans-for-astronauts-to-live-on-mars-1444365301?cb=logged0.0601913183927536

 

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