When will Human Exploration of Mars begin? Perhaps by 2035, the United States may begin to journey to Mars on a Manned Mars Mission or it may be an international effort. Mars is the logical next place to explore after our own moon.
Robotic exploration of the Red Planet began in the 1960’s and is continuing to this date. Some questions to ask are: Why should humans explore Mars? Will the journey be safe? Will it be affordable and budget? Can private enterprise play a role?
Human Mission to Mars
When the first human crews arrive at the red planet, they will be able to achieve more than automated missions. For manned Mars Exploration to have sustained development, long term public and political support for the programme in terms of cash and commitment is needed.
In the distant future Mars Bases will be created and Mars Tourism will eventually become viable when cheap space transport is developed and the necessary infrastructure is in place.
Tourists of the future will want to visit some of the best features of Mars like:
Valles Marineres: A giant canyon system stretching over 5,000km (3,100 miles) along the equator with an average depth of 6km. See if you can spot the erosion channels that could reveal the planet’s watery past.
Olympus Mons: The largest volcano in the Solar System. Reaching 27km (17 miles) high and 700km (435 miles) across. But don’t be afraid – this monstrous volcano is now extinct, so your visit will be a safe one.
Did you know?
If you want to contact home on Earth, there is a time lag of 25.4 minutes. One Martian Year = 2.11 Earth years
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Mars Mission Links:
Mars Exploration Homepage: NASA
Mission to Mars:
From Earth to Mars: A Cooperative Plan:
Artist’s impression of a human mission to Mars: Picture Source from ESA (16 December 2006)
Artist’s Concept of Future Humans on Mars: Picture Source from NASA (16 December 2006)
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