Lunine to Congress: Americans will 'walk the red soil of Mars'

By: Blaine Friedlander,  Cornell Chronicle
Thu, 05/09/2019

Cornell astronomer Jonathan Lunine suggested to Congress reasonable, practical steps – including baby steps back to the moon – to help Americans one day put boots on the oxidized dust of Mars.

At the May 8 hearing before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, “Keeping Our Sights on Mars: A Review of NASA’s Deep Space Exploration,” Lunine outlined basic, smart approaches to putting humans on our red neighboring planet, based on a National Academies report he co-chaired in 2014, “Pathways to Exploration: Rationales and Approaches for a U.S. Program of Human Space Exploration.”

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