NASA consults the Navy for the Mars mission, according to latest updates coming from the space agency itself. The joint project will organize drills and experiments for astronauts, in order to properly research the effects of long-term space flight, which are to be simulated in a military laboratory, at a submarine base in Groton, Connecticut.
In certain respects, outer space travel is similar to voyages in the greatest depths of the world’s oceans. Those brave enough to embark on either journeys on these frontiers must face rather similar perils: inhospitable environments, extensive long-term isolation, limited supplies, all-surrounding hazardous elements, relying on each other exclusively to potentially save their lives in remote areas and so on.
NASA consults the Navy for the Mars mission also based on common interests between the space agency and the military force.
Brandon Vessey, a scientist with NASA’s human research program, has stated that both institutions have a shared interest in primarily testing team resilience. He further stated that the purpose of the experiment is to determine how crew members will cooperate and work together in order to survive in hazardous environments, with no escape alternative.
Another area of research is so-called ‘space farming.’ Scientists are seeking improved methods to grow food in outer space. Earlier this year, in August, six astronauts from the International Space Station became the first people to eat food grown in space.
For these purposes, further experiments will be conducted in the depths of the ocean to determine new ways to grow food in areas with limited sunlight and different overall conditions from those where crops normally develop.
Currently, NASA is aiming to send their first manned mission to Mars in the early 2030s. At nearly 140 million miles away from Earth, this will be the agency’s most daring undertaking arguably since the historic Apollo 11 Mission in 1969.
Going to Mars is much more challenging than a trip to the Moon however, which normally lasts three or four days. NASA estimates that astronauts embarking on the voyage to the red planet will require six months to get there, which is an enormous amount of time to be spent in a low-gravity, weightless environment.
Regardless of all the challenges however, NASA remains committed to make all the preparations and conduct the necessary research in order to make the next giant leap for mankind.
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