Rockets 04 - Mission to Mars

OPENING QUESTION: If it were possible to sign on to a ONE WAY mission to Mars sometime in the next 20 years or so, would you?

Share personal reasons that illuminate your choice

LEARNING GOAL FOR TODAY: I will be able to identify three substantial problems with sending humans/rockets to Mars after today's class.


  • Force ("A push or a pull")

    Newton's 1st Law: An object will continue doing whatever it is doing unless/until it is acted on by an unbalanced force.

    Newton's 2nd Law: Force = (mass) x (acceleration)

    Newton's 3rd Law: "For every force exerted by one object there is an equal and opposite force exerted by a second object." or more basically "forces always occur in pairs"


Please review Newton's 1st & 3rd Laws with your group


I mentioned MarsONE the other day. A VERY ambitious project to send colonists (1 way!!!) to Mars by 2032

Oddly enough, such an option is available, let's take a look at THIS

But... uh oh, they just declared bankrupcy, let's take a quick gander at THIS article in Forbes Magazine.

In just a moment we'll dive even deeper into a source mentioned in that article... but before we do that, let's identify key problems to a Mars Colony.

1) Growing food is a big issue (of course it is!!!). People designated by the color green, please go and see what the MIT article has to say about the problem with Mars One's plan to grow food

2) The number of rockets needed was an error... go find out why!

3) Water for drinking, bathing, washing clothing and growing crops is critical... what was the problem found there?

4) Oddly enough, they don't talk about housing... which is kind of interesting since there is a company that has been making housing modules for lunar (the moon) or Martian colonies for years!



Even better yet, let's take a look at this article published by MIT.