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Martian Outpost

The Challenges of Establishing a Human Settlement on Mars

Seedhouse, Erik

Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK

2009

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  • Focuses on the human performance factors in manned Mars missions, such as radiation hazards, bone deconditioning, and the behavioral challenges of prolonged isolation
  • Describes various tools and approaches used in selecting and training future Mars crew members
  • Provides unique insight into revolutionary mission architectures that will enable long-term exploration of the Martian surface

Mars Outpost provides a detailed insight into the various technologies, mission architectures, medical requirements, and training needed to send humans to Mars. It focuses on mission objectives and benefits, and the risks and complexities that are compounded when linked to an overall planet exploration program involving several expeditions and setting up a permanent presence on the surface.

The first section provides the background to sending a human mission to Mars. Analogies are made with early polar exploration and the expeditions of Shackleton, Amundsen, and Mawson. The interplanetary plans of the European Space Agency, NASA, and Russia are examined, including the possibility of one or more nations joining forces to send humans to Mars. Current mission architectures, such as NASA’s Constellation, ESA’s Aurora, and Ross Tierney’s DIRECT, are described and evaluated.

The next section looks at how humans will get to the Red Planet, beginning with the preparation of the crew. The author examines the various analogues to understand the problems Mars-bound astronauts will face. Additional chapters describe the transportation hardware necessary to launch 4-6 astronauts on an interplanetary trajectory to Mars, including the cutting edge engineering and design of life support systems required to protect crews for more than a year from the lethal radiation encountered in deep space. NASA’s current plan is to use standard chemical propulsion technology, but eventually Mars crews will take advantage of advanced propulsion concepts, such as the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket, ion drives and nuclear propulsion.

The interplanetary options for reaching Mars, as well as the major propulsive maneuvers required and the trajectories and energy requirements for manned and unmanned payloads, are reviewed . Another chapter addresses the daunting medical problems and available countermeasures for humans embarking on a mission to Mars: the insidious effects of radiation on the human body and the deleterious consequences of bone and muscle deconditioning. Crew selection will be considered, bearing in mind the strong possibility that they may not be able to return to Earth. Still another chapter describes the guidance, navigation, and control system architecture, as well as the lander design requirements and crew tasks and responsibilities required to touch down on the Red Planet.

Section 3 looks at the surface mission architectures. Seedhouse describes such problems as radiation, extreme temperatures, and construction challenges that will be encountered by colonists. He examines proposed concepts for transporting cargo and astronauts long distances across the Martian surface using magnetic levitation systems, permanent rail systems, and flying vehicles. In the penultimate chapter of the book, the author explains an adaptable and mobile exploration architecture that will enable long-term human exploration of Mars, perhaps making it the next space-based tourist location.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Adaptable and transformable space mission architecture - Human settlement on Mars - Interplanetary mission - Martian colonies - Martian exploration - Mission to Mars - Planet - The Red Planet

Related subjects » Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences - Geophysics & Geodesy - Mechanical Engineering - Popular Astronomy

Table of contents 

Why go?.- Interplanetary plans.- Mission architectures.- Abort modes and the challenges of entry, descent and landing.- Propulsion systems.- Mars hardware.- Crew selection and training.- Biomedical and behavioral issues.- Voyage to Mars.- Exploration activities and surface systems.- Extreme EXPeditionary Architecture.

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