Is NASA Ready To Make The Leap To A Manned Mission To Mars?
NASA has sent rovers to the surface of Mars and orbiters into its atmosphere, but what will it take to send a human to the planet? The National Research Council recently released a review of the NASA human spaceflight program. Planetary scientist Jonathan Lunine, who co-chaired the committee that drafted the report, discusses what technologies, budget, and partners will be needed for a manned mission to Mars.
Jonathan Lunine is a Cassini mission scientist and Director of the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
Alexa Lim was a senior producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.