A manned mission to Mars is the subject of scientific proposals, space science and aviation engineering for the last hundred years. Some are just plain crazy and others are the very idea of exploring space as we know it.
The best-known of these proposals was the Mars mission concept presented by Carl Sagan in 1968. The idea was that if life exists on Mars, the planet can be visited by humans as early as the late 2040s, and that the trip will be relatively short and easy. This would allow humans to observe Mars and determine if life exists there. It also means a lot of exploration time available, something the scientists needed at the time because they needed a way to send a mission to Mars.
The mission concept called for the launch of a rocket from Earth and a lander on Mars to be retrieved and brought back. The two would land in a rectangular pattern, with one on the left and the other on the right. There would then be a “base” constructed around that location. It was hoped that the landing site would have some sort of atmosphere so that the astronauts could actually stand up and breathe. The concept of this mission was so well thought of that NASA, along with many private organizations, were all in on the act.
But how exactly would these missions work? How could a rocket to reach Mars, land safely on its surface, and then be recovered? That was the next major challenge, but once again, NASA was involved in the mission.
After much study and testing, a new type of rocket was developed to do just that. A type of reusable rocket is used to create an envelope for the first stage of the rocket that is placed on Mars. When the rocket reaches Mars, it will separate from the second stage and take off on its own to travel further into space.
The first part of the mission would be a flight to Mars and then a trip to the moon or a space station. At the space station, the astronauts would stay and study the planet. Then they would return to the space station and go on a cruise of Mars. The space station will then be brought down, which is where the actual exploration of Mars would begin.
The booster rocket would then be brought back to Earth and reused for more flights. This process would continue until the entire Mars mission had been completed. This concept was highly optimistic and NASA was quite pleased with the results.
There was a good reason to be optimistic about space travel in 1968 and the United States was interested in this project. In fact, they were not only the first country to get on board the space bandwagon but the first country to explore Mars as well!
Many people were skeptical at first but after seeing what the US government was able to accomplish in space many people are convinced that space travel is possible and we can do it. We are now in the 21st century and the US space agency has continued to research and make improvements on their reusable boosters.
Other countries are making use of these rocket technologies and creating a new type of reusable booster rocket that can take humans farther into space. We can be confident that if we do it right, we can be on Mars and visit Mars in the near future.
One thing is for sure, we are on the forefront of technology and space travel. Some people are still skeptical, but many others believe that it is inevitable that we will visit Mars. If we fail, at least we will have a taste of what it is like and why it was never visited before.
Rocket technology, especially the reusable variety, is a very good way to go because it will enable us to land on Mars without the fear of a big explosion destroying anything or anyone. The first step towards that goal is to create a reusable launch vehicle that will take humans into space. It can be reusable and be reused many times.