Red Planet Plans

by Robert L. Reid, Senior Editor; ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2016, Vol. 86, Issue 6, Pg. 74-83,87


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: As NASA outlines its plans for sending astronauts to Mars over the coming decades, civil engineers—both within the space agency itself and as outside consultants—are providing critical support. Their contributions range from adapting existing launchpad systems to accommodate massive new Mars-bound rockets to designing the facilities that will test the forces those rockets will experience and determining the safest ways to land on the Red Planet. Civil engineers are even helping to design a possible habitat for living in an alien world.

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