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Problems and Benefits The idea of a human mission to the Martian planet has been capturing the imagination of the scientific community and popular culture for decades, manifesting itself in cinema, literature, and art.
Conceptualizations of how this mission would be planned, funded, and executed have waxed and waned since the space race of the midth century.
What has never been disputed is how an expedition to Mars is a momentous undertaking, with high risks and unknown rewards.
When a mission takes place, it will most likely result into setting a human base on the Red Planet, with a scientific base which may perform resource exploitation, contribute to further colonization, and even terraforming. Currently, the most ambitious proposal is the Mars One project, a non-profit Dutch venture, planning a one-way mission inwhich would rely in part on a reality television documentation of the expedition to raise funding through sponsorship and advertising Wall, There are many reasons why colonizing Mars is likely to follow the touchdown of a human spacecraft on the Martian surface.
Aside from the fact an Apollo-style adventure would be enormously expensive, there is little reason for humans to land on the surface for a short period, given what rovers have discovered and accomplished over the last several years.
A base could gradually expand and allow for ventures like the mining of Martian resources and terraforming projects, which could pave the way for solutions to current terrestrial problems, like climate change and overpopulation.
While much of this sounds impractical due to planetary conditions on Mars, recent rover discoveries seem to give positive results in terms of the possibility of human habitation. The extraction of usable, drinkable water from the surface is apparently feasible and minerals contained in this water can apparently sustain life Gaudin,potentially allowing for the growth of terrestrial plants.
This would make it much easier for robots to set up the foundation for a base before human arrival, as the extraction of water and gases from the soil is essential in such a process In turn, it would reduce the cost of the manned mission significantly.
The benefits of creating a Martian colony following the landing of a human spacecraft far outweigh the risks. The potential of scientific research is incalculable and a return mission to Earth would be perilous in itself. It is easy to envision a long-term mission which would gradually expand the human presence on Mars, and the rewards of the mission could help rekindle support and interest in space exploration.
It would also, eventually, set humanity on a path to further explore the solar system, resulting in the propagation and flourishing of our race. A One-way Human Mission to Mars. Journal of Cosmology, 12, Curiosity is a car-sized rover designed to explore Gale Crater on Mars as part of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission (MSL).
Curiosity was launched from Cape Canaveral on November 26, , at UTC aboard the MSL spacecraft and landed on Aeolis Palus in Gale Crater on Mars on August 6, , UTC. The Bradbury Landing site was less than km ( mi) from the center of the .
Now a Mars One finalist, Sonia Van Meter reveals what it's like to face the possibility of leaving Earth—and the people she loves—forever.
Reasons as to why the U.S. Government should continue to fund N.A.S.A’s space program is a huge controversy today. With the ideals that American tax dollars should be spent on more important things and that companies are now able to construct their own rockets that are able to send people on excursions into space, really is what .
The easiest propellant to manufacture is liquid carbon dioxide. It can be produced from the Martian atmosphere using just high pressure ( kPa) with no cryogenic cooling needed (a 30 horsepower pump will do, requiring 25 kW, or 80 kilowatt hours per metric ton).
A home for the millions. In the mids, NASA began to give grants to a Princeton physics professor named Gerard O’Neill.
O’Neill was convinced that building colonies that orbited the Earth was the best way to harvest the mineral riches of asteroids and provide a home for the burgeoning millions of Earth.
Why did Columbus travel west? Why did Marco Polo head east? Because it is that pull, that unknown, that prospect of adventure that compels humans to .