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Old October 29 2010, 03:49 AM   #53
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Nasa mulling one-way manned Mars mission

The US space agency has confirmed that it is carrying out feasibility studies to asses whether astronauts could be sent permanently to the red planet, or its moons, to establish human colonies under the ambitious project called the "Hundred Years Starship".
Speaking at a conference in San Francisco, Pete Worden, Director of Nasa's Ames Research Centre, recently said his division has received 1 funding to start work on the project. The research team has also received an additional $100,000 grant from Nasa, he said.
The astronauts would be sent supplies from Earth on a regular basis but they would have to become self-sufficient as soon as possible.
Oct 29, 2010

Worden believes that the first targets we should be aiming for if we manage to construct such a spacecraft should be Phobos and Deimos, the moons of Mars, rather than the Red Planet itself.
Internet rumor? No. Multiple sources.

first reported here last week:
NASA Ames’ Worden reveals DARPA-funded ‘Hundred Year Starship’ program
October 18, 2010

A new Journal of Cosmology article lays out the details:
The first colonists to Mars wouldn't go in "cold." Robotic probes sent on ahead would establish necessities such as an energy source (such as a small nuclear reactor augmented by solar panels), enough food for two years, the basics for creating home-grown agriculture, one or more rover vehicles and a tool-kit for carrying out essential engineering and maintenance work. In addition, the scientific equipment needed for the colonists to do important research work should be part of the preceding unmanned mission. All this equipment could easily be put into place using current technology before the astronauts set out.
Two researchers suggest four volunteer astronauts could undertake the first mission to permanently colonize Mars.

The microwave thermal propulsion,00.asp

related a paper from 2008:
Davies, P., Schulze-Makuch, D. (2008) A one-way human mission to Mars. Astrobiology 8, 310.

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