Astronauts to Orbit Mars by 2033 and Land on the Martian Surface by 2039, Reports NASAChris Middlebrooks (Author) Published Date : Apr 03, 2015 08:06 IST
Owing to NASA s commendable plans, the Mars Mission has become quite popular at present. NASA, in a fresh statement, reports that astronauts would be able to orbit Mars by 2039 and land on the surface of the red planet by the year 2039.
During a conference held on 2nd April, the officials at Planetary Society revealed the workshop results wherein a discussion was held regarding the cost and feasibility of the Mars venture. They were glad that the mission is possible within the human space exploration budget of NASA.
Stanford University s professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Scott Hubbard, who is also a board member of the Planetary Society, stated that currently there is an instance of an executable, cost-constrained, long-term, humans-to-Mars program.
The Planetary Society happens to be the biggest non-governmental space advocacy association across the globe, as per their website.
Planetary Society CEO, Bill Nye and another science expert, John Logsdon also expressed their opinions during the conference.
The workshop was conducted in Washington, D.C between 31st March and 1st April. 70 people attended it and took part in the discussion about the benefits, affordability and the feasibility of the entire Mars mission. They also discussed whether the Mars orbiting schedule by 2033 and landing on the Martian surface by 2039 is feasible. A consensus was reached at the end. The proposal and creation of the plan was done separately in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA, with certain suggestions given by The Planetary Society.
The orbital mission of 2033 is vital for executing the initial phase of the plan. Astronauts would be circling the two moons of Mars, namely Phobos and Deimos. There would be 9 months travel each way followed by 1 year of circling around moons.
These two moons would be studied and based on that, rovers would be maneuvered over the Red planet. Moreover, there are also high chances that the Orion spacecraft would be used for transferring crew members to the orbits of the moons from the Earth, and then again towards the surface.
Asked about potential issues that might come in the way, Logsdon answered that technical challenges would be there and a number of scientists and engineers would be dealing with the same. But politics is the real issue or the real opportunity. Therefore it is the next president on whom the decision and execution of the next mission depends.
Hubbard said that the present mission is comparatively more realistic and achievable than the past proposals. A number of hurdles and questions existed before, but currently these issues are manageable. Political will would pose as the main issue.
Astronauts to Orbit Mars by 2033 and Land on the Martian Surface by 2039, Reports NASA