Mars is a rich destination for scientific discovery and robotic and human exploration as we expand our presence into the solar system. Its formation and evolution are comparable to Earth, helping us learn more about our own planet’s history and future. Mars had conditions suitable for life in its past. Future exploration could uncover evidence of life, answering one of the fundamental mysteries of the cosmos: Does life exist beyond Earth?
What will it take to put the first astronaut on Mars? It’s tougher than you think. Here are 5 key hurdles between us and the Red Planet.
This is an infographics produced by Lockheed Martin showing what will it take to put a human on Mars.