Blueprint for Future Crewed Mars Mission Released – Lake Country Calendar

NASA’s upcoming Artemis Moon program can be seen as a practice run for a possible crewed mission to Mars.

The strategy for accomplishing this daunting task has been detailed in a revised list of planning goals for Artemis and beyond.

On September 20, NASA released a plan to send humans to Mars in the not-too-distant future. According to NASA’s “Moon to Mars” strategy, the space agency will use technology and skills learned in lunar missions to launch a crewed Mars mission. This historic mission to the Red Planet is tentatively slated for launch in the late 2030s or early 2040s. The recently released list of objectives spans “multidisciplinary science, transportation and habitation, infrastructure lunar and martian, operations and a new domain: the recurring principles”.

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The document divides the goals into five categories, Recurring Principles, Science, Infrastructure, Transportation and Housing, and Operations.

“We’re helping manage humanity’s global movement into deep space,” said Jim Free, NASA associate administrator for the Exploration Systems Development Mission Leadership. “The goals will help ensure that a long-term strategy for solar system exploration can maintain constancy of purpose and weather political and funding changes.

According to a NASA press release, the goals reflect a “matured strategy” to develop a plan for “sustained human presence and exploration throughout the solar system.”

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Toya J. Bell