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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,

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