How Hard Is Mars? NASA Astronauts Weigh In

September 29, 2015 7:10 PM

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How Hard Is Mars? NASA Astronauts Weigh In

While NASA doesn’t yet have an active human Mars program yet (perhaps a relief after watching Mark Watney’s struggles in The Martian), the agency is hoping to get there some day. A part of that will be the Orion spacecraft, which is expected to carry astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit in the late 2020s.

Once we get people out beyond the moon, the game changes. The further you travel away from Earth, the more of a communications lag there is; the harder it is to turn around and get home; the more “empty” space appears when you are away from a planet or small world — there will be no auroras to enter...

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