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Mars exploration study workshop 2A year-long NASA-wide study effort has led to the development of an innovative strategy for the human exploration of Mars. The latest Mars Exploration Study Workshop 2 advanced a design reference mission (DRM) that significantly reduces the perceived high costs, complex infrastructure, and long schedules associated with previous Mars scenarios. This surface-oriented philosophy emphasizes the development of high-leveraging surface technologies in lieu of concentrating exclusively on space transportation technologies and development strategies. As a result of the DRM's balanced approach to mission and crew risk, element commonality, and technology development, human missions to Mars can be accomplished without the need for complex assembly operations in low-Earth orbit. This report, which summarizes the Mars Exploration Study Workshop held at the Ames Research Center on May 24-25, 1993, provides an overview of the status of the Mars Exploration Study, material presented at the workshop, and discussions of open items being addressed by the study team. The workshop assembled three teams of experts to discuss cost, dual-use technology, and international involvement, and to generate a working group white paper addressing these issues. The three position papers which were generated are included in section three of this publication.
Document ID
19940017410
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Duke, Michael B. (NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Budden, Nancy Ann (NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 1993
Subject Category
LUNAR AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION
Report/Patent Number
NASA-CP-3243
NAS 1.55:3243
S-750
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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