Humanity is headed for Mars. President Barack Obama has given NASA the goal of sending astronauts to the Red Planet by 2035 and safely returning them. Private space companies are signing up astronaut candidates for trips to Mars. That just leaves a few details: creating protection from savage radiation and the effects of zero-gravity, building a Mars-capable rocket, contriving fail-proof sustenance for the 18-month trip, devising a means for a massive vehicle to gently touch down on the martian surface, and, oh yes, finding the societal and political will to finance the trip.
Join us on Thursday, 6 June, at 3 p.m. EDT on this page for a live Google Hangout when we address these issues and take your questions. We’ll be joined by three experts, including renowned astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
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Buzz Aldrin is the second man to walk on the moon and a retired Air Force pilot with 66 combat missions in the Korean War. He earned a Doctorate of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1963. His latest book is Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration.
Leonard David is a space journalist who has been writing about the space industry for more than 50 years. He is co-author of Mission to Mars and lives high above Boulder, Colorado.
James Garvin has been a planetary scientist with NASA for 20 years. He has been chief scientist at NASA headquarters and is currently chief scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.