Elon Musk is prepping for Mars
SpaceX announced that they are building the first interplanetary spaceship, and they think we'll be able to do short trips and flights by early 2019 NEXT YEAR! Their original plan was to send a cargo ship to Mars in 2022, thus making these present ones test flights. SpaceX's BFR rocket is expected to be able to travel through space to other planets, and be completely reusable, costing less than the initial Falcon 1 flights, which were estimated in the $5 to $6 million range. He hopes if BFR launches, others will believe that travel to Mars is possible, and follow suit. Musk noted that as soon as all of the necessities for life are installed on Mars "then really the explosion of entrepreneurial opportunity [will begin], because Mars will need everything from iron foundries to pizza joints.”
NASA is sending another lander to Mars!
NASA’s InSight, (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport), is a Mars lander designed to measure the inside of Mars: its crust, mantle, and core. NASA will be launching InSight from Vandenberg Air Force Base on May 5th, 2018 as the first planetary mission launched from the West Coast!
Mars 2020 Rover
Launch: July/August 2020
Landing: February 2021
Mission Duration: At least 1 Mars Year (687 Earth Days)
4 Science Goals
To support these goals, Mars 2020 has 4 Science Objectives:
Potential Landing Sites
NASA’s Journey to Mars
NASA is on a journey to Mars with a goal to humans there by 2030s. We’ve actually already started this process with satellites, rovers, private companies, international cooperation and the Mars 2020 rover. NASA has classified this journey into 3 thresholds:
Proving Ground (Cislunar space)
How has Trump changed any of this?
On Dec. 11, Trump signed Space Policy Directive 1, a document that shifts U.S. policy, directing NASA to land astronauts on the moon before sending them on to the Red Planet. "This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint, we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars," Trump said at the event. President Trump said Thursday that he wanted to "top" President John F. Kennedy's ambitions to send a man to the moon by pursuing a trip to Mars.
"We're looking at Mars, by the way," Trump said. "Trying to top [Kennedy]. We're going to get there. It's moving along pretty good. A lot of things have happened ... having to do with that subject. Way ahead of schedule."
So… in his 2019 budget request
The Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (LOP-G) is a concept for a crew-tended cislunar space station led by: ESA, NASA, Roscosmos, JAXA and CSA. Formerly known as the Deep Space Gateway, the future station was rebranded in NASA's 2019 United States federal budget proposal. The station would be used as a staging point for the proposed Deep Space Transport, which is a concept of a reusable vehicle that uses electric and chemical propulsion and would be specifically designed for human missions to destinations such as Mars. This IS the new Proving Ground.
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