Mars mission vital but not viable, scientists say

June 5, 2014 2:42 AM

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The United States should focus on a human mission to Mars, and partner with China in reaching the Red Planet, a new study of the U.S. space program found. Currently, the national space program in America has a "flexible approach" to human missions beyond Earth orbit.

The National Research Council report was initiated by NASA, in an effort to plan the next generation of interplanetary human missions. The report promotes the idea of a series of smaller missions, building technical know-how and testing equipment that would be needed for a journey to Mars.

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