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Before We Can Build Our Martian Empire We Must Figure Out How to Land the Ship

The Curiosity rover landing on the Red planet is a grand achievement but humanity still has a long way to go.

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August 6, 2012 - 1:00 pm

via The Mars Rover Curiosity Marks a Technological Triumph – Technology Review.

One striking and humbling thing about Curiosity is that this is nothing compared to what will be required if our civilization-scale dreams of human exploration or even settlement of Mars are to come to fruition. Set aside for now all the questions of how humans would live on Mars: even the landing itself has to be figured out. It was a huge achievement to get a one-ton rover onto Mars today. To get humans and all the gear necessary to support them will require a lander that weighs 10 or 20 times as much. NASA says the sky crane won’t work for that.

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