We’re far from understanding the mysteries of our solar system, and there are still a lot of challenges that humans must conquer.
Ever since we reached the moon, we’re dreaming of conquering Mars as well.
There are two important questions that the Independent poses, and these are how long does it take to get to the Red Planet and why we haven’t been there so far?
NASA has been working really hard to prepare and send people to Mars, and we have to admit that sending humans on the Red Planet really did seem a far-off goal until recently.
We’ll reach Mars in two decades, says NASA
According to the space agency, people will be able to reach the Red Planet within two decades, the online publication mentioned above notes.
Just in case you have no clue, Mars is between 34-250 million miles away from Earth – this depends on the planetary rotation around the sun.
NASA reveals that the average distance between our planet and the Red Planet is about 140 million miles.
Nasa Goddard Space Flight Centre’s website says that if you were to reach Mars based on the current speeds of spaceships, it would take about nine months.
Spacecraft without people have taken between 128 and 333 days to reach the Red Planet.
Health is a major concern
It’s been revealed by physics professor Craig Patten, of the University of California, San Diego, that a trip could be shortened by burning more fuel, but it ‘s been also revealed that such a thing is not the best choice.
Another huge challenge for anyone who would go to Mars is health. The first worrisome element is the length of the trip. Even the smallest health issue would become a severe problem.
Dorit Donoviel, director at Translational Research Institute for Space Health, said the following:
“In addition to those regular concerns that could occur in that mission, we are going to have the extremely hostile environment of the space environment and the craft.”