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Mars: The Red Planet (02:21)


After landing on the Moon four decades ago, NASA imagines a two year ride to Mars with new rockets, a new life support system, and new astronauts.

Mars Rover Curiosity (02:37)

Dr. Adam Steltzner at JPL and NASA's Dr. Wm. Paloski discuss the possibility of sending humans to Mars.

Stage 1: Leaving Earth (03:19)

Scientists and Engineers collaborate on the new mission. Engineer Ricardo Navarro tours the Michoud Assembly Facility where the rocket, SLS, is being built.

Space Technologies (01:55)

The 1969 launch of Apollo 11 sent a man to the Moon. Sending a team of four to eight astronauts to Mars requires a new kind of rocket and time frame.

Rocket Burn (03:07)

Engineers watch the burn of a new rocket at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

Manned Mission to Mars (01:18)

NASA estimates it will need seven launches to lift the necessary equipment into Earth's orbit. Astronauts will need the slingshot effect of Mar's gravity to pull them in.

Stage 2: Staying Alive (03:17)

Prof. David Dinges discusses crew selection and qualities required for long confinement. In the Mars 500 Russian study, only two of the six applicants did not have psychological problems.

Weightlessness (04:48)

To study the long term effects of zero gravity, test subjects remain in bed with heads titled down for 79 days. They undergo testing to determine better exercise programs.

Testosterone Studies (02:42)

Dr. Randall Urban investigates the use of muscle and bone growth stimulant for Mars astronauts, and the possible effects on women.

Boredom and Depression (04:24)

Dr. Dinges and his team use facial recognition to detect emotions and concentration in the astronauts.

Mars Radiation (05:05)

Curiosity detected radiation levels several times greater than Earth's. On board supplies will provide protection from solar flare radiation, but galactic cosmic rays are a concern.

Stage 3: Landing on Mars (05:46)

Adam Steltzner notes engineering challenges of: landing Curiosity, scaling up to 40 metric tons, changing shape and using supersonic retropropulsion for a manned mission.

Stage 4: Life on Mars: (04:15)

The little weather on Mars includes dust storms. Dr. Amy Ross develops a spacesuit for the Mars mission while scientists consider their Martian homes.

Stage 5: Mars Mission (04:05)

Coming home to a hero's welcome like Apollo 5 will be a far greater challenge. Part of the planning includes the risks NASA is willing to accept. A Mars mission may be an international feat.

Credits: Man on Mars: Mission to the Red Planet (00:45)

Credits: Man on Mars: Mission to the Red Planet

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Until recently, the idea of sending humans to Mars was pure science fiction. Now the world's largest space agency is gearing up for its most ambitious project yet—a manned mission 140 million miles across space to the Red Planet. From testing their rockets and experimenting on their astronauts to designing their life support systems, Horizon follows teams across NASA as they start work. How will they overcome the impossible? Is it actually do-able? And if they do land a human on Mars, will they ever be able to bring them back again? A BBC Production.

Length: 51 minutes

Item#: BVL60488

ISBN: 978-1-60057-532-7

Copyright date: ©2014

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