Mission Mars: British scientists join NASA in a risky mission to land humans on Mars.
TEAMS of UK scientists have teamed up with NASA to help humanity prepare for missions to the Moon and Mars, the next frontier in human space exploration.
It’s one thing to get humans to Mars; figuring out what to do after you’re there is an entirely different challenge. NASA’s Moon to Mars directive states that by using the Moon as a stepping stone into the solar system, the US space agency hopes to land astronauts on Mars as early as the 2030s. And the best of the UK’s scientists will contribute to this endeavor by creating the necessary procedures and technology.
NASA’s Moon to Mars program will launch a series of crewed and uncrewed missions to the Moon in November of this year.
By 2028, NASA hopes to have a permanent presence on the Moon, as well as a small orbital station in lunar orbit.
By 2024, the first humans to walk on the Moon since Apollo 17 in 1972 are expected to launch and land on the Moon’s south pole.
This mission is being carried out in collaboration with NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) by a team of researchers from The Open University and RAL Space in the United Kingdom.
Scientists are researching the availability of water on the Moon, a necessary essential for long-term surface activities, according to the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) today (July 6).
Because it is simply too impracticable and expensive to bring water to the lunar surface, the ability to draw water from the surface will save time and money.
The team has created a cutting-edge equipment that will detect water and other molecules in the Moon’s atmosphere, led by Dr Simeon Barber of The Open University.
The Exospheric Mass Spectrometer (EMS) will be incorporated into NASA’s PITMS equipment, which will be handed to the agency today.
The goal is to have a better understanding of the Moon’s “water cycle,” which is a little-understood process that scientists are eager to learn more about.
Future Mars explorers could considerably benefit from the use of these technology on the Moon.
“Finding valuable materials in space and using them as supplies for onward voyages is a simple notion with great potential benefits,” said Dr Barber, a Senior Research Fellow at The Open University.
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