Credit: Project Aldrin-Purdue study

Credit: Project Aldrin-Purdue study

A Purdue University study has laid out a plan for human settlement of the Red Planet.

The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics AAE 450 Senior Spacecraft Design class at Purdue University held its final presentation on this plan, Thursday, April 23, 2015.

The study itself – over a 1,000 pages long – puts facts and figures to the vision as outlined by Buzz Aldrin in the book: Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration.

The mission concept includes all of the steps that must be taken to reach Mars and establish the first permanent colony by 2040.

 

Dr. Buzz Aldrin meets with Purdue students before the Aldrin-Purdue Cycler Feasibility Study Presentation on April 23, 2015.  Photo by Christina Korp

Dr. Buzz Aldrin meets with Purdue students before the Aldrin-Purdue Cycler
Feasibility Study Presentation on April 23, 2015.
Photo by Christina
Korp

 

Feasibility study

Aldrin worked with Purdue professor James Longuski — along with a dedicated university research group of over 50 students — for nearly three months to blueprint a set of requirements that can be used to realize human settlement of the Red Planet.

“I believe this design team rose to Dr. Aldrin’s challenge to produce an important feasibility study,” said Purdue’s James Longuski, instructor and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Peter Edelman served as a teaching assistant for the work.

The final study report – the Aldrin-Purdue project – Mission to Mars – can be found here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/lwxfbweuvsdwq3q/project%20aldrin-purdue%20final%20report.pdf?dl=0

An informative video that details the report findings can be found at:

http://youtu.be/AUrXRKmzxzo

Note: To take a hard look at Mars Exploration, check out the new Buzz Aldrin book in softcover — with a new special essay — available May 5th from National Geographic.

More information on the new release is available at:

http://www.leonarddavid.com/hard-look-at-mars-exploration-new-buzz-aldrin-book-in-softcover/

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