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How to put a human on Mars

16 July 2014

A satellite in space

A team of scientists from Imperial College London has discussed how we could put a human on Mars. The plan envisages a three-person crew journeying to Mars aboard a small two-part craft. The concept, developed in conjunction with the BBC, is intended to spark further debate about the technical obstacles and risks that would have to be overcome in order to put humans on Mars.

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Discussion starters

  • Technological modelling: Use this and other examples to identify examples of functional and practical reasoning within design decision making. (level 5)
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Keywords: mars, spacecraft, materials, characteristics of technology, technological modelling

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