03/20/2015

What Will It Take to Land a Person on Mars?

17:24 minutes

Landing a human mission on Mars has captured the attention of both space agencies and space enthusiasts. The company Mars One announced its intent to send four people on a one-way mission to colonize the Red Planet before 2030. Sydney Do, a MIT aeronautics graduate research assistant, takes a look at the proposed plan and discusses the technical hurdles that must be cleared before any mission can successfully land on the planet.

Segment Guests

Sydney Do

Sydney Do is a Ph.D. candidate in aeronautics and astronautics at MIT in Boston, Massachusetts.

Chris Patil

Chris Patil is a candidate for Mars One, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Meet the Producer

About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim is a producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.