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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    Lawrence D’Oliveiro, 30 Jun 2015 @ 6:12pm

    Re: So the US was able to safely land people on the moon and return them decades ago...

    Yup. Each moon mission cost about a billion 1970s dollars. And your Congress, fearlessly standing up for taxpayer value, sees that kind of thing as an outrageously exorbitant expense these days, so NASA can fuck off, so there.

    Sad, isn’t it?

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