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You wouldn’t have known that’s what he was communicating by the content of his speech: Obama was more concerned with a NASA budgetary increase of six million dollars, allocated for robotic space missions and technological advancements (Obama n.p). But the heart of the matter, for the scientific community and commentators listening in, was the end of American astronauts drifting into space at the behest of tax payers. The reason for Obama’s manned space flights cut was due largely to the Constellation program, an expansive effort to erect a moon base by 2020 for use as a pit stop in future Mars missions, enacted by the Bush administration in 2005 (Sutter n.p.). The pre-Obama administration prog... ... middle of paper ... ...ts Jobs at Michoud.” wwltv.com 16 Apr. 2010.
Technological advancements have made it conceivable for NASA to begin human missions to Mars by 2030 (“NASA’s Bolden”). The scientific community is working diligently on ways to reduce the cost of colonizing Mars, but undoubtedly it will cost billions of dollars to establish and maintain a permanent colony on the planet. Although opponents of space colonization believe it’s a waste of money to invest in Mars, Mars colonization has the potential to alleviate the overpopulated Earth's declining resources of water, fossil fuels, food and jobs. The demand on earth for its resources at this current level is one that will be impossible to maintain in the future. Global warming is clear evidence that the current global population and industrialization has put the sustainability of Earth in doubt.
Upon researching this issue, I have found that with such powers of invention people should have a breakthrough for long-term manned missions to explore another planet as far away as Mars. Mars is a planet that humans would like to have a chance to go to in the future to find new things and build a human habitat on Mars, which has never been done before. This research is about Space and Mars’ habitability, and how we want to figure out how to keep humans living in a spacecraft and on Mars for a long-term mission, before sending manned missions there. We need to know what the astronauts should bring along and what they should produce during their mission. Also, we need to do research about technologies that are being developed in order to make long-term space travel habitable for humans, and to learn any limitations of the technologies.
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Apollo 13 launched into space from Kennedy Space Center on launch complex 39A at 12:13 pm on April 11, 1970 (“Apollo 13”). The mission was expected to land in the Fra Mauro area of the moon, but Apollo 13 was forced to circle the moon without landing after an explosion. The object of the mission ended up being reassigned to Apollo 14 which launched in 1971 (Dunbar 1). The spacecraft was comprised of two parts joined by a tunnel. The command module was named Odyssey, and the lunar module was named Aquarius.