There goes the neighborhood…
As the 40th-anniversary celebrations of the moon landing end, a human voyage to Mars remains a holy grail for NASA.
“We’re still looking at human exploration of Mars as one of the goals of the future at the top level,” said NASA researcher Bret Drake with Lunar and Mars Integration at Johnson Space Center in Houston. “Having a human actually set foot on another planet would be one of the greatest adventures possible, one of the greatest monuments to history.”
A crewed mission to the red planet is a daunting challenge that lies at the edge of current technological capabilities and possibly beyond. Still, NASA keeps a strategy to go there and constantly keeps up to date with new ideas.
“Mars is one of those targets of fascination that has been around a long time,” Drake said.