Special Report: Why Mars? Why Now?
It’s been 40 years since Apollo astronauts took humanity’s
first baby step into the cosmos. Now it’s time to take the next one.
Part I: Challenges
FEATURE: Why a Manned Mission to Mars Seems as Far Away as Ever
GRAPHIC: Mars missions from 1960 to present.
INTERACTIVE: Don’t want to go to Mars? Take an interactive tour of other destinations in the solar system.
FEATURE: Dava Newman’s sleek BioSuit could replace bulky Apollo-era space garb. By Monica Heger
SLIDE SHOW: The Evolution of the Space Suit
SLIDE SHOW: Simulating Mars on Earth
PODCAST: Former NASA astronaut Robert Curbeam tells why he never worried about going into space.
OPINION: What to Pack for Mars
Part II: Business
SLIDE SHOW: Geeks in Space
OPINION: The Investor’s Guide to Space: Why now is the right time to build your space portfolio. By Burton H. Lee
GRAPHIC: Space Is Big Business
Part III: Voyage
FEATURE: Rockets for the Red Planet
VIDEO: Spectrum goes to Texas and Costa Rica to see Ad Astra Rocket’s plasma thruster
Part IV: Strategy
FEATURE: Do We Need to Go to the Moon to Get to Mars?
Q&A: Sir Martin Sweeting, founder of Surrey Satellite
Q&A: Jeremy Curtis of the British National Space Center
PODCAST: Lunar expert Bernard Foing
OPINION: Mining the Moon
OPINION: How human spaceflight inspires future engineers. By Leah H. Jamieson with John Norberg
Part V: Exploration
FEATURE: Mars for the Rest of Us
DIY: Projects for Armchair Astronauts Interested in participating in space? Here’s how.
VIDEO: Testing a Space Vacuum
CULTURE: Kim Stanley Robinson’s 10 Favorite Mars Novels The renowned sci-fi writer reviews a century of Mars fiction.
OPINION: The End of the Cult of the Astronaut Why future space explorers will need to be excellent communicators. By David A. Mindell
SLIDE SHOW: Steve Squyres, the man behind the Mars rovers, explains how he got hooked on Mars and why humans must go.
Part VI: Space Ambitions
FEATURE: Could China Get to Mars First? Maybe—if it adopts a less topdown approach.
FEATURE: Russia Plans to Revisit the Martian Moon Phobos A sample-return mission could reignite Russia’s deep-space program.
INTERVIEW: G. Madhavan Nair, head of the Indian space agency, talks about his country’s plans for the moon, Mars, and more.