posted on Sep, 1 2004 @ 09:45 PM
A suitable craft to take humans to Mars will probably have to be built in orbit or on the moon anyway due to the size that will be required and the
fact that it takes a buttload of power that can't be wasted just to climb out of earth's gravity well. The biggest problem is that you have to carry
fuel and a lot of it for the return trip back, not to mention all the equipment you have to carry if you want to do anything but look once you get
there. It's a complicated mission with many different factors. We're still a few steps away from seriously undertaking a mission to mars.
The moon wont have a infastructure capable of building and lauching rockets.
Its far more likely that they will be launched from good ole' Cape Canaveral.
Today's newest and best Rockets like the Lockheed Atlas 5 heavy or Boeing Delta 4 heavy can still only lift 1/6 of what the huge apollo rocket could
lift into space. But with some modifications they could be able to do 1/2 of the apollo rocket.
So Nasa will either use those or spend alot more and develop there own behemoth.
The first rocket to mars would more then likely be a NO HUMAN one, just supplies like food, water, scientific equiptment, a power plant (probably
solar), and ect. The next one would be them with thier home, and seeds and hope to grow a green house there, which will give them some oxygen and
food, but at the expense of water, hopefully the find water or ice before the send humans, that would help out alot.
They might not need to bring the fuel for a ride back with them, hopefully mars will have the right minerials to make the propellant there.
A thing I know will be used is several inflatable habitat, for storing things and for the green house and science experiments.
Here's 2 pics of a rocket, with there home on the top, that might be there ticket to Mars.