It'll never happen, at least in our lifetime (the next 50 years). NASA has projected that a round trip flight to Mars would take a crew of six 9 months. That means the water needed for a crew of six would require a container bigger than the actual spaceship housing them.
And if something goes wrong during the 9 months, like a Solar Flare, there's no rescuing them. It'll mean certain death. Currently, NASA just doesn't have the technology to pull this off.
First of all, they need to reduce the round trip time to less than a month and figure out a way to protect the astronauts from the radiation from Solar Flares.
Right now, a trip to Mars is just a dream. Won't happen in the next 100 years, imho.
Thu Jul 12 2012, 09:47 AM #12
"I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather, not like the screaming passengers in his car"
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