Mars Space Station in the Works

An interesting look at Mars exploration concepts


A manned mission to Mars was once the stuff of science fiction, now it is the equivalent of this generation’s Apollo Program. It will take a Herculean effort to send astronauts on a journey of hundreds of millions of miles to another planet. NASA plans to have such a mission take place in the 2030s. Lockheed Martin has now announced plans to help this along by placing a space station in orbit around Mars in twelve years. They call it the Mars Base Camp.

What Will the Space Station Look Like?

It appears that the current plan for the Mars Base Camp is to string together a series of modules in a fashion similar to the International Space Station (ISS). The personnel main components seem to be two Orion deep space vehicles, a habitat module and a lab module. It also has fuel/oxidizer tanks, solar arrays, heat radiators and propulsion. One of…

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