Artist rendering of Lockheed Martin-built Orion spacecraft in deep space.
Credit: Lockheed Martin





To get a leg up on leaving low Earth orbit, dispatching humans back to the Moon…or full throttle and go for the gusto by sending crews to Mars…or?

Private firm foothold on Mars? SpaceX Red Dragon makes use of Supersonic Retro-Propulsion (SRP) to land on Mars.
Credit: SpaceX





If you’re seeking advice look no further than the recent 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC), held March 21-25. Scientists unleashed the latest findings regarding Earth’s Moon, Mars, asteroids, comets and a myriad of other objects of interest. Whereas robotic space exploration is the persistent currency of discovery, seeing humans return as beyond Earth exploration agents is viewed positively.

For more details, go to my new Scientific American story at:

Red Planet versus Dead Planet: Scientists Debate Next Destination for Astronauts in Space

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