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NASA Mars report: “We will be going to stay”

NASA Mars report: “We will be going to stay”

by Bas Lansdorp on Monday, 30th November 2015 in People, Bas Lansdorp

My heart jumped out of my chest when I read this line. It is part of a report released by NASA in October 2015 titled “NASA’s Journey to Mars – Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration.” Yes, settling Mars. It is actually in the first paragraph of the report: "NASA is leading our nation and our world on a journey to Mars. Like the Apollo program, we embark on this journey for all humanity. Unlike Apollo, we will be going to stay".

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Does NASA’s recent discovery affect Mars One’s mission to Mars?

Does NASA’s recent discovery affect Mars One’s mission to Mars?

by Bas Lansdorp on Thursday, 8th October 2015 in People, Bas Lansdorp

Recently, NASA announced the discovery of liquid water on the surface of Mars during the planet’s warmer seasons. This discovery comes from data collected by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). MRO studied the chemistry of dark streaks that have been spotted on canyons and crater walls, which can reach hundreds of meters downhill. The analysis of the streaks confirms that they are formed by salty water.

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Why “The Martian” will not get stuck on Mars – by accident

Why “The Martian” will not get stuck on Mars – by accident

by Bas Lansdorp on Thursday, 8th October 2015 in Expert Opinions, People, Bas Lansdorp

Have you already seen the movie 'The Martian'? It's about a NASA astronaut, Mark Watney, who is part of NASA's third mission to Mars and how he gets stranded on Mars. The movie is about NASA and the rest of the world doing everything in their power to bring him back.

I watched the film and I really liked it. It is technically pretty accurate, but has one major inconsistency with reality: it may sound logical and appealing to bring the stranded Mars astronaut back to Earth, but it is not going to happen. I don't believe humans will fly from Mars to Earth any time soon, certainly not by the time of the third human mission to Mars. 

Here are the five most important reasons why the first humans going to Mars, are going there to stay.

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