NASA Is Sending People To Mars Soon
In July 1969, Neil Armstrong was the first human who stepped on the moon, and since that time, NASA has been working on achieving another dream – the one to send men to Mars, the red planet that has been fascinating the scientists over the past years. This goal will be reached in the 2030s, as the bipartisan NASA Authorization Act was approved in 2010. In the same year, the U.S. National Space Policy was approved also. But before conquering Mars, NASA has another goal – to send humans to an asteroid.
During the 1600s, the telescope was invented and the human eye was able to explore Mars and its surface, hoping to find a sign of life, why not even intelligent civilizations, and in the 20th century, humans sent spacecrafts to collect data about the Martian system.
Mars is an interesting planet which had conditions to support life, and until now, NASA’s robots couldn’t find any sign of life forms, but maybe future explorations will uncover evidence of life and this way we’ll learn more about the environment, and we’ll find out if there is life beyond the Earth.
Technology is evolving, helping us discover more information about our solar system, and NASA started exploring and studying Mars 40 years ago, but the American agency has big plans for the future and meanwhile it’s preparing astronauts on the orbiting laboratory (aboard the International Space Station) for successful missions to deep space. On the space station, NASA is monitoring humans’ changes and comes with solutions on how to protect their health during the missions.
NASA is definitely fascinated by the deep space and somewhere in the future will send a robotic mission to an asteroid, to capture it and redirect it to the moon, to orbit there. The team of astronauts from the Orion spacecraft will explore it in the 2020s and they’ll return to Earth with many samples.
On this occasion, NASA will be able to test its new systems and capabilities, and we’ll see if the Solar Electric Propulsion will work, because we really need it to send cargo along with humans to Mars.
In 2018, NASA will lift the new generation Space Launch System rocket, which will be the debut of this major project and will test the new capabilities. Orion will be the new temporary home for the astronauts who will head to Mars, and they’ll need an evolved version of SLS, which will be more powerful than any other launch vehicle.
Currently, Mars is visited by a bunch of robotic spacecraft and rovers, while others are orbiting around, monitoring and collecting data. On the way to Mars, the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover already measured radiation and sent the radiation data to Earth, from the surface of the planet. This information is necessary and will help many astronauts to protect themselves during the missions.
If the mission will succeed, we’re looking at new possibilities for survival on the Red Planet, and maybe humans will colonize it and start a new life there.