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Episode 563: Want To Explore Mars? Send Humans To The Moons Of Mars First: Phobos And Deimos

September 17th, 2019  •  11 mins 59 secs  •  Download (11 MB)  •  Link with Timestamp

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Humans to Mars. That’s the plan right? The problem is that sending humans down to the surface of Mars is one of the most complicated and ambitious goals that we can attempt. It’s a huge step to go from low Earth orbit, then lunar landings, and then all the way to Mars, a journey of hundreds of millions of kilometers and 2 years at the least.

But there are two places humans can go which are a stepping stone between Earth and Mars. Base camps that would let us gather our resources in relative safety before dropping down into that gravity well.

I’m talking about the moons of Mars: Phobos and Deimos.