News: NASA reveals detailed plan to send humans to Mars
The US space agency has released a detailed outline of its plans to send manned mission to Mars. In a report titled "NASA’s Journey to Mars: Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration," agency administrator Charles Bolden said that NASA is closer to sending American astronauts to Mars than at any point in our history.
Today, we are publishing additional details about our journey to Mars plan and how we are aligning all of our work in support of this goal. In the coming weeks, I look forward to continuing to discuss the details of our plan with members of Congress, as well as our commercial and our international and partners, many of whom will be attending the International Astronautical Congress next week, he said in a statement.
In the Proving Ground, NASA will learn to conduct complex operations in a deep space environment that allows crews to return to Earth in a matter of days. "NASA will advance and validate capabilities required for humans to live and work at distances much farther away from our home planet, such as at Mars," he stated.
Earth Independent activities build on what we learn on the space station and in deep space to enable human missions to the Mars vicinity, possibly to low-Mars orbit or one of the Martian moons, and eventually the Martian surface.
Living and working in space require accepting risks. A new and powerful space transportation system is key to the journey, but NASA also will need to learn new ways of operating in space, based on self-reliance and increased system reliability.