NASA Robots Are Helping Eventual Manned Mission to Mars
NASA is slowly approaching a manned mission to Mars. Information transmitted from rovers Opportunity and Curiosity are helping the space agency determine how to get to the surface of the Red Planet.
Future expeditions are focused on learning about the Martian atmosphere. Mars InSight lander and the Mars 2020 rover will be sent out to report information to the agency.
"We have nearly all the information we need to really design the system we can put (humans) in," Victoria Friedensen, Nasa's robotic precursor mission lead, was quoted as saying on Space.com.
NASA is developing "a crew capsule called Orion and the Space Launch System mega-rocket to get the job done. The pair, which is slated to fly together for the first time in 2021, will be able to get astronauts to a variety of deep-space destinations, agency officials said."