Interplanetary space travel and long-term habitation on MarsInterplanetary space travel and long-term habitation on Mars
Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences . Biomedical Sciences
Journal of cosmology
12(2010), p. 4113-4120
Robotic planetary exploration has enabled scientists to gather valuable data and understanding about the composition and origin of extraterrestrial structures. However, despite its tremendous possibilities, human exploration is a natural next step. Manned missions to Mars are becoming more feasible and as such the irresistible attraction for mankind to explore this neighbouring planet is growing. Especially since 2004, with the president of the United States outlining specific objectives for future exploration, including missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond these aspirations have become tangible. A prerequisite for a manned mission to Mars, requires an extensive, durable life supporting system which should recycle waste. Preferable also produce additional eatable substances and/or additives in a safe and efficient manner with a high reliability to perform in harsh space conditions.