NASA and its partners have set a goal to put humans on Mars. Leading scientists, engineers, and innovators are pioneering the research and development of space technology to make that dream a reality.
These thinkers need to design, develop, and build a viable human outpost on another planet. The spaceship will need to land safely, be reused, and function, at least temporarily, as a basecamp. Scientists must devise a method for astronauts to obtain breathable air and drinkable water, and engineers must establish a reliable source of power for the first settlement on Mars.
While a journey to explore Mars is perilous, many feel the benefits to humanity outweigh the risks.
Why can you not live on Mars in a spaceship for a long period of time?
Name three things the first pioneers will need to survive on the Martian surface.
Why would a basecamp on Mars need to be self-sustaining?
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry astronaut Noun
person who takes part in space flights.
person who plans the building of things, such as structures (construction engineer) or substances (chemical engineer).
condition of being human, including the study of art, literature, philosophy, and the sciences.
voyage or trip.
fourth planet from the sun, between Earth and Jupiter.
(National Aeronautics and Space Administration) the U.S. space agency, whose mission statement is "To reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind."
settlement or station located in a remote area.
chemical element with the symbol O, whose gas form is 21% of the Earth's atmosphere.
large, spherical celestial body that regularly rotates around a star.
Encyclopedic Entry: planet research Noun
scientific observations and investigation into a subject, usually following the scientific method: observation, hypothesis, prediction, experimentation, analysis, and conclusion.
person who studies a specific type of knowledge using the scientific method.
community or village.
the science of using tools and complex machines to make human life easier or more profitable.