NASA Says Humans Will Be on Mars Within 25 Years

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - 11:06AM
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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - 11:06AM
NASA Says Humans Will Be on Mars Within 25 Years
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In a quarter century, humans will inhabit two planets in our solar system. That bold prediction was made by NASA officials on Tuesday during a conference discussing technological advancements and research currently being conducted to make a colony on Mars a reality before the year 2044. There are still a lot of factors left to consider, but NASA is confident that it is on pace to reach that lofty goal.

According to Al Jazeera, former NASA astronaut Tom Jones said that NASA is hard at work solving issues with space radiation and other things that would prove harmful or even deadly to humans. "The cost of solving those means that under current budgets, or slightly expanded budgets, it's going to take about 25 years to solve those," Jones stated. One known issue is the effect of prolonged exposure to zero gravity on the body. As a possible solution, Jones proposed using nuclear propulsion systems to shorten the length of the trip to Mars (currently estimated at around 9 months) while also generating electricity. "If we start now, in 25 years we might have these technologies available to help us and protect us from these long transit times."

During the next two and half decades, experts say that scientists also have to develop and build a spacecraft capable of withstanding the entry into Mars' atmosphere, make a soft landing, and get the delicate human cargo from the ship to the surface and vice versa. With the current Insight mission scheduled to reach the planet by the end of this month, NASA expects to collect more precise data about the destination which will help greatly with tech development in the coming years. In a statement also released on Tuesday, NASA announced the exact date for Insight's landing to be November 26 and said that it will "kick off a two-year mission in which InSight will become the first spacecraft to study Mars' deep interior. Its data also will help scientists understand the formation of all rocky worlds, including our own."

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