Is Synthetic Biology The Key to Reaching Mars?

November 10, 2014 10:33 PM

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Within the next few decades, a manned mission to Mars will most likely become a reality. The 34 million mile trip will take approximately 916 days or roughly 2.5 years to complete; space agencies in the midst of planning the expedition are budgeting 210 days for travel and another 496 days for an extended vacation on the Red Planet itself.

But this lengthy journey raises some questions of logistics. NASA currently estimates that for every unit mass of payload launched in space, an additional 99 units of mass is needed to support the crew – anything from oxygen and food to medicine and fuel. According to Maine News, this means that the...

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