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October 19th, 2012, 17:30
Originally Posted by Couchpotato View Post
NASA is working on getting a ship there. The problem is there is only fuel for a one way trip so the ones sent would have to build a habitat while supplies are sent. That's the current problem.

It would take 10 years from earth also just to gret there. The trip would be with volunteers with nothing to lose. The goal is 25-30 years from now. I have a feeling it will be longer as NASA's funding was revoked and slashed.
From where do you have that information? A typical roundtrip to mars and back (using optimal launch windows) is estimated to 400-450 days + the time spent at the surface.

Carrying enough fuel will be a problem. One proposed solution is sending a return vehicle on a low consumption orbit before the manned expedition is launched.

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