Is NASA Ready to Make the Leap to a Manned Mission to Mars?
NASA has sent rovers to the surface of Mars and orbiters into its atmosphere, but what will it take to send a human to the planet? The National Research Council recently released a review of the NASA human spaceflight program. Planetary scientist Jonathan Lunine, who co-chaired the committee that drafted the report, discusses what technologies, budget, and partners will be needed for a manned mission to Mars.
Jonathan Lunine is David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences and director of the Center for Radiophysics and Space Research at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.