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BEYOND EARTH

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Mission To Mars

“Humans will be living and working on Mars in colonies entirely independent of Earth by 2030,” NASA said. “We seek 


the capacity for people to work, learn, operate, and sustainably live beyond Earth for extended periods of 


time,” says an astronomer studying Mars.  


Any journey to Mars will take many months each way and an early return is 


not an option. NASA has divided the challenge of getting to Mars into three stages; Earth reliant, proving ground, and 


Earth independent. “NASA is closer to sending American astronauts to Mars now than any point in our history,” said 


NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. 


“Efforts made today and in the next decade will lay the foundation for an Earth 


Independent, sustained presence in deep space. Living and working in space requires accepting risk, and the journey is 


worth the risk.”

Sarah Knapton. “NASA Planning ‘Earth Independent’ Mars Colony by 2030s”. The Telegraph, Telegraph Media Group Limited 2017, October 9th, 2015, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/03/14/nasa-planning-earth-independent-mars-colony-by-2030s/.