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2030: A Manned Mars Odyssey

posted Dec 8, 2012, 2:08 AM by Rolfe James   [ updated Dec 8, 2012, 2:09 AM ]
Robotic missions -- they simply are not compelling

"The public is no longer interested in robotic missions -- they simply are not compelling," said Randa Milliron, CEO of Interorbital Systems. "Without human presence, the endless line of robots to Mars on billion-dollar missions is simply a waste of mankind's time and resources. The course of action is obvious: SEND PEOPLE!"

Buoyed by the recent success of its Mars rover Curiosity, NASA on Tuesday announced plans for a multiyear Mars program that includes launching a new robotic science rover in 2020.

Even more significantly, it's also eyeing the possibility of a manned expedition just a decade later.

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