American Society of Civil Engineers


The Caltech Mars Society Human Mars Mission 2.0


by Derek Shannon, (President, Mars Society of Caltech/JPL; sophomore, aeronautical engineering and geobiology, California Institute of Technology, MSC 824, Pasadena, CA 91126-0824 E-mail: mars@caltech.edu), Chris Hirata, (Science and Technology Director, Mars Society of Caltech/JPL; junior, physics, California Institute of Technology, MSC 560, Pasadena, CA 91126-560), Nathan Brown, (Sophomore, astronomy, California Institute of Technology, MSC 268, Pasadena, CA 91126-0268), and Jane Greenham, (Sophomore, planetary science, California Institute of Technology, MSC 445, Pasadena, CA 91126-0445)

pp. 883-889, (doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/40479(204)107)

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Space 2000
Abstract: Optimal cost and safety will be instrumental not only in sending humans to Mars, but also in achieving the political support and scientific consensus that will allow such an endeavor to begin. The Caltech Mars Society Mission 2.0 (CMSM2) was created to improve upon the safety, cost, and political viability of previous plans, with emphasis on the NASA Design Reference Mission 3.0 (DRM3). The Caltech Mars Society Mission 2.0 is a complete description of a 5-person expedition to the Red Planet targeted at the 2011 (cargo), 2014 (crew), and succeeding opportunities. Comparative risk analysis indicates that the Caltech Mars Society Mission 2.0 has significantly less risk of failure than the Reference Mission 3.0 or Mars Direct, while requiring less ambitious development than either plan. More information including the full version of this paper is available at http://mars.caltech.edu.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Costs
Human factors
Mars
Safety
Space colonies
Space exploration