Mars Explorers Wanted

Saw a graffiti when coming back home…

…and it reminded me of NASA posters I saw recently. They were originally developed for an exhibition at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex in 2009:

NASA is currently planning to send humans to low-Mars orbit in the early 2030s (remember the probe that crashed there 1 year ago?). Here you can read more about journey to Mars overview.

And this gorgeous shot is not from the next “Alien” installment – it was taken on the Mars surface during the spring in the Northern hemisphere (May 21, 2017) by the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Over the winter, snow and ice have inexorably covered the dunes. Unlike on Earth, this snow and ice is carbon dioxide, better known to us as dry ice.

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7 thoughts on “Mars Explorers Wanted

  1. I can’t wait for a manned Mars mission to happen, but it seems 0-g effects will be a serious issue they’ll need to resolve, or at least plan for. John Kelly had some fairly serious pain issues on returning from his year-long ISS mission. Radiation will be a problem to solve as well. I’m sure they’ll work these out, but it will be interesting to see how they do it.

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  2. Seriously awesome stuff. Mars will always seem to remain in people’s imagination. And deservedly so. It has always been truly fascinating to me. Those posters look amazing. Love the kind of retro look of them. Thanks for sharing these 😀

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    • 🙄 I am still pretty sure we will witness many new important events during our lifespan… And, as it was rightfully noted in the comments here, many problems are still to be solved. Scott Kelly, the astronaut who stayed on ISS for almost a year, became about 5 cm taller due to zero gravity effect (not mentioning other health problems). And a trip to Mars takes almost a year… This is a thing that in my mind no films have approached so far, what do you think?

      As for these posters, I love their retrofuturistic style too 😋

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      • I suspect we’ll eventually develop medical solutions (even possibly genetic therapies) to most of these problems (muscle atrophy, radiation damage, body fluids pooling, etc.). But probably not for several decades. Space travel has to become more frequent and long-duration before those kinds of solutions could even be studied sufficiently IMO. More adventurers (/test subjects) are needed.

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      • True enough, one has to wonder if a mission such as that, is currently not bordering on suicide. Space technology, while advanced, is still in it’s infacy so to speak, so one had to wonder if a mission to mars right is a wise move.
        Yeah…those posters are incredibly awesome indeed 😀

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      • You’re right and that’s why, I guess, after the manned landing in the moon there was no notable progress in sending a human to other objects (except for the space stations, but that is different).

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