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Red Planet Beckons Stronger
Huntsville - March 4, 1999 - Researchers at Marshall Space Flight Center have declared that a self powered Martian base is possible utilizing various local resources that would be mined and extracted to build power receivers that would collect power beamed from solar collectors in Mars orbit.

Throughout NASA small groups of researchers are bringing together an increasing range of new ideas that would be fundamental to any manned missions to the Red planet that has enchanted humans for thousands of years.

Known the world over by various local names, Mars is looming ever closer for human exploration and eventual colonization.

After several years of intensive research using a new generation of low cost explorers in orbit and on dry land, excitement is again building as the primary mapping phase for Mars Global Surveyor begins.

Throughout both the space science and technology fields scientists are rubbing their hands with glee as a new world begins to be opened up in virtually real time.

Later this year to more robot explorers will arrive at Mars; the Mars Polar Lander that will attempt a landing near the Martian south polar cap, and Mars Orbitor which will pick up where Surveyor leaves off.

With additional instruments for new and expanded analysis, Mars Orbitor will only increase interest in Martian resources and the desire to send humans for that personal touch that is the heart of exploration.

In an excellent overview article Dr. Peter Curreri, a materials scientist at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center provides readers with some of the key issues facing the first human explorers of Mars survive so they may thrive.

  • Continued at NASA's Space Science News

    Utilization of Martian Resources

  • Pumping Up The Gas

    Surveyor Reports At SpaceDaily

  • Surveyor Completes AeroBraking
  • Surveyor Starts Final Aerobraking
  • Surveyor's Summer of Science
  • Aerobraking Resumes
  • MGS Safe After Battery RunDown
  • Surveyor's First Science Program
  • Surveyor In First Mapping Orbit
  • Surveyor Yielding Martian Science
  • AeroSurf Down To 13.2 Hours
  • Surveyor To Image Mars
  • Face Off on Mars April 6
  • New Mars Surveyor Images
  • Surveyor Braking Every 15 Hours
  • Surveyor Orbit Down to 19 Hours
  • Surveyor Speeds Up Aerobraking
  • Mars Duststorm Weakens
  • Duststorm Hampers Surveyor
  • Surveyor's Slow Slide Down The Gravity Well
  • Aerobraking Resumed

    Mars 98 Reports From Spacer.Com

  • Polar Lander Heads For Mars
  • Mars Polar Lander Ready For Deep Space 2
  • Arizona Team Gears Up For Mars Shoot
  • Planetary Society Calls For Vigorous Mars exploration Program
  • Kodak Gives Color To Mars
  • Third Mars Invasion Underway
  • Mars Here We Come
  • Second Mars Invasion Force Ready - Detailed JPL Univese Overview

    Mission Links

  • Mars Surveyor 98 - NASA portal site to Mars Missions
  • Planetary Society
  • Kodak's Motion Analysis Systems Division
  • Mars Color Imager
  • Mars' South Pole

    Mars Coverage at Spacer.Com

    Future Missions

  • Kirtland Recovers Penetrator Device
  • Europe Takes The Martian Express Lane
  • Robots To Colonize Mars
  • Mars Win Gives Goldin Political Leverage
  • GenCorp Wins Mars Test Deal
  • Mars Society Kicks Off August 13
  • A Red Mars Arising
  • Mars Base Needs Local Supply
  • NASA Tests Mars Rover

    Areography

  • Martian Brew Could Be Alive
  • Mars MicroProbe Vacuum Tests
  • Mars Society Kicks Off August 13
  • Crustal Microbes Could Signify Life
  • Dust Devils Kickoff Storms
  • Meteorite Contains No Biological Life

    Pathfinder

  • A Panorama Of Sojourners
  • NASA Bids Pathfinder Good-Bye
  • Pathfinder Reveals Role of Water
  • Pathfinder Science Summary
  • Pathfinder Mission Huge Success
  • Mars Pathfinder: Mission Overview




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