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Astronauts believe it's only a matter of time before man heads to Mars

Seems like only a matter of time before man heads to Mars.

Published Mon, Aug 31 2015 9:35 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:04 PM CST

Space agencies have shown a great interest in manned missions to Mars, even though the technology and resources available will need to greatly advance in coming years. Some critics wonder if we should try to send humans to a planet so far away - especially since Earth and Mars were 34.8 million miles apart at their known closest pass to one another.

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However, the European Space Agency (ESA) feels like mankind has the ambition - and evolving technological prowess - to make a manned mission possible. It would take up to 10 months to reach the Red Planet, and a crew could stay up to one year, and then take up to 10 months to make a return trip home again.

"Humans will go to Mars, I'm very sure of this," said Alexander Gerst, an astronaut for the ESA, in a statement published by Euronews. "You just have to look back in human history and you'll know. As soon as we learned to build ships, we took them not only to go to the next island, we took them to sail over the horizon."

Space radiation and temperature differences will require next-generation spacesuits, and an advanced space shuttle would be required to make the trip. It may seem like an unachievable goal, but it seems like only a matter of time before we hear about serious plans to reach the planet.

NEWS SOURCES:euronews.com, i1.wp.com

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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