Opinion: Which Way Toward the Red Planet? Current Plans for Mars Colonisation and the Need for Maturity

Artistic rendering of Mars, made from images taken with NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. Private space companies have announced plans for the colonisation of the Red Planet within the next decade. How close are those plans to becoming a reality? Image Credit: Kees Veenenbos/MOLA Science Team/NASA

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s […]

A Red Flag on the Red Planet: China’s Mars Ambitions

Fobos-Grunt is integrated with its Zenit launch vehicle, preparatory to flight in November 2011. Photo Credit: AsianScientist

At 2:16 a.m. local time on 8 November 2011, the desolate steppe of Baikonur, Kazakhstan, shook to the roar of rocket engines. A Ukrainian-built Zenit-2SB vehicle thundered into orbit carrying the Russian Fobos-Grunt spacecraft, destined to […]

Humans 2 Mars Conference Discusses Manned NASA Mission by 2030

Will the first NASA astronauts land on Mars by 2030?Photo Credit: NASA Haughton-Mars Project / Pascal Lee

The goal of sending astronauts to Mars is one that NASA has had for a long time now, and a conference this week in Washington, D.C. is hoping to bring that dream closer to reality.

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