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Mars, The New Evidence

Mars, The New Evidence

Would that incremental approach make sense (technical, economic, political) as it did for the Apollo program to the Moon? 

Would the first landing mission be designed for a surface stay of a few weeks or for more than a year?

Assuming that the transfer orbit would be a minimum energy trajectory, known as a Hohmann transfer, the trip to Mars would take on the order of 220 days using today’s chemical propulsion technology. To take advantage of the minimum energy return, a short duration stay (~ 60 days) and a long duration (~ 500 days) stay are both options (The Stafford Report).
( read more at Colonizing the Red Planet )

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