The Red Planet as seen by Europe’s Mars Express.
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Explore Mars, Inc. has released The Humans to Mars Report 2019, issued at the group’s summit meeting being held May 14-16 at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington D.C.

The report notes that the past year has been a particularly active year with regard to space policy. The National Space Council announced that it is now the goal of the United States to return humanity to the Moon by the year 2024.

Credit: Subcommittee on Space, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology/Screengrab

Broad-based, bi-partisan

According to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, this will help enable human missions to Mars by 2033, as required by the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017. “This is essential as Mars exploration maintains broad-based bi-partisan support, with unwavering support coming from NASA, Congress, and industry,” explains the report.

Public interest in Mars also remains strong, as evidenced by recent public polling.

Credit: Bryan Versteeg

“Although a recent report argued that missions to Mars in 2033 may not be feasible under certain conditions, we maintain that if the United States adopts leaner architecture approaches than those assumed in that report and if both funding and political capital are applied to the new accelerated space policy, humans on Mars in 2033 remains an achievable goal,” says the report.

Credit: Bryan Versteeg

Moon/Mars synergies

Regarding the new thrust toward lunar exploration, the report embraces such a strategy, “as long as they do not significantly delay human missions to Mars.”

“We view Mars as a critical destination that will enable the exploration and development of space,” the new report explains, “and we firmly believe that humanity should set the goal of sending humans to Mars by 2033.”

In a press statement, according to Explore Mars, Inc. Board member and Executive Vice President, Joe Cassady: “It is interesting to note that while much is made of recent focus on returning to the Moon, many of the same architectural elements remain and are the keys to both a return to the Moon and to human missions to Mars in the 2030s.  I am heartened by the spirit of cooperation and the many synergies we are finding between lunar and Mars advocates.”

To view the entire report — The Humans to Mars Report 2019 – go to:

https://www.exploremars.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/H2MR_2019_Web.pdf

For more information on Explore Mars, Inc., go to:

https://www.exploremars.org/

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