How Space Station Can Help Humans Follow Curiosity to Mars and Beyond

With all of the excitement of the Mars Curiosity landing, many are looking to move from robots to humans for exploration beyond Earth’s orbit. Keeping in mind the Seven Minutes of Terror, just imagine the nail-biting moments of putting people into the harsh environment of space far from their home planet. Taking the guess work out of long-duration exploration, however, is one of the benefits of the International Space Station. This orbiting laboratory serves as a test bed for technology and helps researchers understand how to prepare for extended trips in space.

“The space station is so valuable in this effort because it provides so much of what encompasses a long-duration transit mission, but with the convenience and lower risk of being located in low Earth orbit,” said George Nelson, manager of International Space Station Technology Demonstration with NASA.

Read more: NASA – How Space Station Can Help Humans Follow Curiosity to Mars and Beyond.

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