DailyDirt: It's Not So Simple To Get To Mars...

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The shortest distance between the Earth and Mars varies depending on where the two planets are in their respective orbits. In July 2018, Mars will be a little under 36 million miles away (pretty close to the closest possible distance of 33.9 million miles). However, it's not quite as simple as shooting a big rocket aimed in the right direction. If astronauts are going to survive the trip (and the return?), no one has the technology to do that yet. Manned space exploration sounds like a noble venture, but funding it seems to be a big problem. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.

Filed Under: astronauts, biotech, crowdsourcing, gmo, manned missions, mars, space, space exploration, space race, terraforming
Companies: darpa, innocentive, nasa


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    Michael Ho (profile), 1 Jul 2015 @ 12:02pm

    Re: A Quibble or Two...

    "Over 70 countries have some kind of space program now.."

    An impressive statistic--until you examine it more closely. How many of those 70 have actually launched anything into orbit (or elsewhere) from their own soil--and how many rely on other nations to do the launching for them?

    I should have emphasized the "some kind" of space program because, you're right, countries like South Korea have had a space program, but one that totally relied on another country's (Russia) space program.

    But... then again, the US falls into that category right now for manned spaceflight since the retirement of the space shuttle.

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