How are we going to travel the 140 million miles to Mars
For many space programs, the goal to go to Mars has been going on for decades. Although some space missions can start taking place anywhere between 10&30 years after they are drafted. So how long will it take us to go to Mars?
When we finally find a way to Mars, we will come back and forth. When we start these trips, we will return every 26 months. Missions are typically planned to be in one of these launch windows. But, it will take us ages to get to Mars, it takes 9 months to get to mars, then it's a 500 day wait, then it's another 9 months to get back from Mars. Altogether that's 2 years and 10 months!
Many bots have landed on Mars:
- Mars 3
- Viking 2 & 3
- Mars Pathfinder
But we, as humans, haven't. The landing on Mars will be a hard one. With engineers traverling back and forth to the drawing board. Although, we already have 2 options, we could land by rockets or aerocapture
Opinions have varied about the money we need for space exploration. Some people believe that we should spend the money on other things, like Robotic exploration. We have been told that it will cost 500 billion dollars, or , shockingly, more.
So, what do you think about Mars, can we do it?