Exploring Mars-The Next Wave

 

M. Sander

 

The planet Mars has been a source of  wonder for mankind for millenia. It's red beacon drifting through the sky provoked curiosity and imagination. During the last 150 years, Mars, more than any other other planet, has  attracted attention from astronomers, writers, film makers and the public. As NASA's exploration of Mars intensifies and more instruments examine the planet, the new questions continue to multiply faster than the answers. A whole new generation of rovers is being planned to deepen the study of the planet. One option for enabling this new generation of rovers includes the use of nuclear power. This talk will explore the next steps in the Mars program and the implications of long lived, in-situ rovers on the surface.

 

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