Saturday, July 16, 2011

Manned Mission to Mars!

05/27/2008 09:47 pm
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  • The Mars Phoenix Lander's four mission objectives according to NASA are:
    - Determine whether life ever arose on Mars
    - Characterize the geology and climate of Mars
    - Prepare for human exploration
    In case you didn't know, the Phoenix is landing on its legs using retrorockets because it is too heavy to land with airbags, as the Spirit and Oppourtunity did. The key thing you may not know is that a manned mission to Mars would also have to land on legs, firing retrorockets, as it too would be too heavy for airbags. And that's another objective of the Phoenix, to see how it's landing correlates to a manned mission to Mars.
    I'm not sure where I got the manned Mars mission info from, though I probably heard it during the live NASA tv presentation today of the Phoenix's landing. Further, after searching for this info I couldn't find it, so I'm putting it here so it doesn't get lost in the sauce of the newest in rocket science mentality.

    According to

    Plan X: Deadly Mission to the Red Planet

    Red_planet_2 It’s bold and it’s bad, but some brave souls say we can overcome the biggest challenge of a Mars mission by making it a one-way trip. A planet of extremes, Mars is home to the largest mountain in the solar system, the largest canyon in the solar system and intensely severe dust storms. It is also home to the only other likely option for humans to live within our Solar System.

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