Robert Zubrin details the challenges of a manned Earth-to-Mars mission. Challenges which, according to Zubrin, we are technologically more prepared to overcome than the obstacles of the missions to the moon of the sixties and seventies. Zubrin also discusses the current predicament of NASA, the promise of privatized space flight from companies like SpaceX, and the larger implication behind the absolute necessity to open the final frontier and transform from a planetary society into an interplanetary society.
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First Landing. From renowned Mars visionary Robert Zubrin comes his much-anticipated debut novel. Filled with startling authenticity, Five are chosen for the landmark mission Salespeople hate to read. That's why Little Red Book of Selling is short, sweet, and That's why Little Red Book of Selling is short, sweet, and to the point. Humanity has always been fascinated by space: the vast void untouched and, in the past, out of reach.
We once thought we would never set foot on the moon; it was simply beyond our grasp, and the very thought of landing on Mars was ludicrous. To do this we had to push our technological and physical capabilities to the limit; we needednew inventions and new initiatives to keep humanity on the cutting edge, to keep exploring, and to keep expanding our knowledge of the universe. What we consider to be the future keeps getting closer to becoming the present.
In April , Netherlands-based organization Mars One searched for willing applicants who would embark on a dangerous mission: a one-way trip to the Red Planet. With over , volunteers, it is needless to say they found enough participants for the excursion. The expedition would leave Earth in and arrive at Mars around days later; the goal of this mission is to establish a colony by They were given contracts to develop a Mars lander, data link satellite, and to provide a means of getting there and establishing a colony.
Several rockets will be needed to take the payloads into orbit and then to Mars;these payloads include satellites, rovers, cargo and, of course, people. The Mars transit vehicle will be composed of two stages, a landing module, and a transit habitat. The landing capsule in consideration for the mission is a variant of the Dragon capsule, again of SpaceX design. The lander will carry life support units to generate energy, water, and breathable air for the inhabitants. It will also house the supply units with food, solar panels, spare parts, other various components, inflatable living units, and people.
There are two rovers that will be sent in ahead of the crew. One will explore the Martian surface to search for a place to settle, transport large hardware, and assist in general assembly. The second rover will carry a trailer for transport of the landing capsule. To combat the extreme temperature, thin, non-breathable atmosphere, and solar radiation on the surface, the settlers will use Mars suits when walking on the surface.
They plan on sending a group of sixty individuals of people representing over 30 government bodies, industries, academic institutions, and other organizations. The feasibility of this mission requires international and private industry support.
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These agreements include that human exploration of Mars is technologically feasible by , that Mars should be the main focus for human spaceflight for the next twenty to thirty years, and they established that the use of the International Space Station ISS including international partnerships are essential for these deep space missions.
NASA still believes that they need more information before setting off to the Red Planet; to prepare for this they are going to send rovers on precursor missions in the s before sending humans to the planet. Experts are unsure of the length of the mission and will decide that as we get closer to the s launch date. Inspiration Mars wants to launch two people, preferably a married couple.
The couple will go on a flyby of Mars sometime in January , where they plan on getting as close as kilometres in August of that same year. The founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, dreams of turning humanity into a multi-planet species. He plans on going to Mars via a reusable rocket that is powered by liquid oxygen and methane. The plan is to start off with putting approximately ten people on the planet which will eventually grow into a self-sustaining settlement containing about 80, people.
According to Musk, the reusable rocket is the key to the entire mission.
He plans on doing this by generating oxygen and fuel by pulling material for fuel out of the atmosphere, using the soil to get water, and resources for construction: all of this running off of a nuclear powerreactor. Zubrin states that the settlement will become self-sufficient over time. This craft is designed for potential missions to Mars in the near future. The saucer-shaped craft has two pairs of one-use thrusters which spin it, as well as a single solid state rocket under the middle of the craft to propel it.
For the test flight, a large science balloon brought the craft up to an altitude of , feet.
When the craft reached the correct altitude, thrusters activated to spin it, increasing its stability.