Opinion: Human trials on Earth are the key to how we will survive on Mars

September 2, 2016

Dr Graham MannThe crew of a Mars simulation recently emerged from their remote dome in Hawaii after completing a year-long project to trial a potential mission to the red planet.

In an article for The Conversation, Dr Graham Mann from Murdoch’s School of Engineering and IT discusses the importance of these trials to the future success of a manned mission to Mars.

He says NASA needs to understand how a team of six people, more isolated than any in history, living in close proximity and carrying out difficult tasks, will perform over a long period of time.

He also explains why exploring our red neighbour is a vital mission, arguing it’s a ‘socioeconomic necessity’ and pointing to the history of human expansion into new environments (such as the European ventures to the alien Australian land 250 years ago).

To read the full article, click here.

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