Getting to Mars and actually surviving there is really, really difficult – just ask Matt Damon’s character in The Martian.
And a new report by the US Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) suggests that NASA’s being a touch over-optimistic when it comes to when we’ll get there.
A NASA report last year suggested we might get to the Red Planet by the 2030s – but it’s too risky and the technology isn’t well-enough researched, ASAP suggests.
ASAP wrote, ‘Unfortunately, the level of detail in the report … does not really validate whether NASA would be capable of achieving such an ambitious objective in a reasonable time period, with realistically attainable technologies, and with budgetary requirements that are consistent with the current economic environment.
‘Although the document does identify a few specific technologies that will be needed to accomplish the overall mission, including Solar Electric Propulsion and a Deep Space Habitat, it lacks a top-level architecture… Read the full story
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