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Welcome To Mars!

This is an independent informational site covering going to and living on Mars. Items presented are in-depth, but in laymen's language.


Human Travel To Mars

Starship Small

For a crewed mission to Mars it is estimated that there would need to be sent into space about twice the mass of the International Space Station - roughly 1.8 million pounds. To launch the equipment, the plan would be to use the most powerful rockets ever built capable of carrying about 400,000 pounds. The system would first need to be sent to a permanent station in orbit around the Moon.

NASA Mars Project


Orion is a European-US spacecraft intended to carry a crew of four astronauts to destinations beyond low Earth orbit. As of December 2019, Orion is under development and is to be launched on the Space Launch System (SLS). Orion is intended to be the main crew vehicle of Artemis, a human return mission to the Moon. After several Moon stocking trips, there will be missions to Mars.

Landing On Mars

Gale Crater

A typical Mars landing spacecraft will enter the airspace traveling at approximately 12,000 miles per hour. During the first four minutes into descent, friction with the Mars atmosphere will slow down the spacecraft considerably. At the end of this phase, it will still be traveling about 1,000 miles per hour, but now there will only be about 100 seconds left and it will be about 30,000 feet high.

Living On Mars

Mars Habitat

Humanity has been fascinated by Mars long before we stepped foot on the Moon. Our planetary neighbor has been the subject of innumerable works of science fiction and inspired countless dreams of adventure and exploration. Now, after decades of research, determination, and scientific breakthroughs, we are finally ready to do it: - humans are going to go to Mars and most likely live there.

Exploring Mars

Exploring Mars

In 2012 NASA's Curiosity Rover landed on Gale Crater pictured above. Curiosity has collected evidence of an ancient salty lake that once lapped the edges of the crater some 3.7 billion years ago. In 2013 NASA announced that Gale Crater once contained an ancient freshwater lake that might have held microbial life. In the following years, scientists have noticed even more clues of old Martian lakes.