Mars manned mission will include one year layover on the Moon

The moon orbit base also would serve as the staging point for the mission, and the spacecraft that will carry humans to Mars for the first time will be launched from the moon. “If we could conduct a year-long crewed mission on this Deep Space Transport in cislunar space, we believe we will know enough that we could then send this thing, crewed, on a 1000-day mission to the Mars system and back,” Mr Williams said. Considering the length of the Mars trip, spending a year around the moon to make sure everything works correctly makes plenty of sense. NASA will kick off its Mars mission with Phase 1, between 2018 and 2026.

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