Mars pp 173-191 | Cite as

One Really Giant Leap

  • Markus Hotakainen

Well, here I am.

Pamela Sargent: Danny goes to Mars (1992)

In the heat of Apollo fever in the 1960s and 1970s a manned flight to Mars was considered to be a natural and almost immediate follow-up to of the “conquest” of the Moon. It was later revealed that when the Soviets realized they were losing the race to the Moon, they considered Mars to be their next target. However, they were quick to realize that this was an impossibility using technology that had failed to take the Soviets to the Moon. Due to budget cuts NASA had to cancel the remaining Apollo flights, and this too was a death blow to manned Mars missions. However, ever since those days small circles have cherished hopes of a flight to Mars. Lately the topic has been brought up – for the first time in very many years – in a concrete way, but the actual flights are still at least 20 years into the future, as they have been for the last 30 years.


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  1. 1.HelsinskiFinland

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