In consonance with NASA’s bid to take a giant leap to the Red Planet, the agency seeks ideas to enable human explorers to land safely, live and work on Mars.
NASAs will hold its 1st “Landing Site/Exploration Zone Workshop for Human Missions to the Surface of Mars” on October 27-30 at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston.
The conference will instigate the process picking sites on Mars that NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Mars Odyssey spacecraft, together with any other future missions in the coming decades, will promote the image to create better maps and provision of valuable scientific data of potential zones for exploration.
NASA is expected to engage technologists, scientists and experts of human exploration in the conference, nurturing cooperation among the teams to enable humans to live and explore Mars in the decades to come, the US space agency disclosed in a statement.
There is a need for potential exploration zones to offer captivating scientific research and providing resources that astronauts can benefit from during their intended pioneering of Mars.
Due to life support and exploration technology requirements, the first Mars explorers are expected to being bound to around 100 km of travel from their initial landing site.
“The life expectancy of the existing MRO and Odyssey spacecraft being limited, NASA is eager to gather high-resolution maps of potential exploration zones while the spacecraft, already well beyond their design lifetime, is still operational,” read the statement.