Sending Humans to Mars

March 28, 2017

 

sending humans to mars

There are many missions planned for Mars by governments and private enterprise. Some of these include human passengers. What will it take to book a flight to Mars?

Why go to Mars?

Mars and Venus are the two closest planets to Earth. Mars is further, but the preferred choice for colonization because the conditions are more tolerable and large quantities of water ice are thought to be at the polar caps and underground.

 

sending humans to mars

 

Blackout Dates

To travel to Mars most efficiently, leave on the right day. Since Earth and Mars are both moving around the Sun at different speeds, it is best to wait for both planets to be in just the right position. The next available launch window is the 5th of May, 2018. A non-stop trip to Mars takes around 9 months.

 

 

Layovers

The International Space Station (ISS), our moon, and the Mars moon Phobos, are possible stopover destinations to allow for refueling, restocking and crew changes before landing on Mars.

 

moon colony

 

Bring Sunscreen and Hairbands

There are health concerns that exist from exposure to cosmic rays and other radiation found in space. In zero gravity, everything floats, so a “moon-face” and other bloated body parts are the norm. Other symptoms include bad hair days, nasal congestion and excess flatulence. For some people, this won’t be a difficult adjustment.

 

weightless hair in space

 

Captain Kraycray

The psychological and social effects of humans living in tight quarters, isolated from Earth, may be the greatest challenge to Mars colonization (next to funding).

 

space cadet

 

Short Runways

Buckle up. The atmosphere on Mars is thinner and shallower than on Earth, so landing on Mars is a thrill ride that has been called “7 minutes of terror”. Though it is likely that by the time Earth aliens are ready to descend on Mars, improvements in technology could reduce the stress to “11 minutes of slight trepidation”.

 

 

 

Extended Stays

Get comfortable. Feel lighter than air in gravity that is about 1/3 of that of Earth. Average temps are a brisk -81 degrees F (-63 degrees Celsius). Those wishing to leave Mars the moment they arrive, must wait five hundred days for the best transfer window back to Earth.

 

mars colony concept

 

Mars Mission

Getting humans to Mars will take great vision, effort and resources. It is a long-term investment that may be necessary for humanity’s survival, and it is another step toward the stars.

 

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