Shall We Go to Mars?

The 40th anniversary of the first landing on the Moon and Neil Armstrong’s “one small step for mankind” has now passed, and yet there have been no missions to the Moon since the Apollo program ended in 1972. 

But check out this interesting article from MSNBC about NASA’s plans for future missions to the Moon (called the Constellation Program), missions which are hoped to serve as a stepping stone to an eventual landing on Mars around 2030. 

With a $100 billion dollar price tag, Constellation is not a done deal yet and an independent panel is currently reviewing the plan; their recommendations are due out this summer.  In fact, there are some critics of the proposal who think we should just bypass the Moon and go straight for Mars — among them, Buzz Aldrin, who accompanied Armstrong on that first Moon mission in 1969. 

What do you think?

And if you’d like to read some recent books about space travel and Mars, try some of these from Greensboro Public Library:  The Rock from Mars:  A Detective Story on Two Planets by Kathy Sawyer; Mars and the Search for Life by Elaine Scott (juvenile); Destination Mars by Alain Dupas; Race to Mars by Dana Berry; Visions of Mars by Olivier de Goursac; Roving Mars:  Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet by Steve Squyres; Look to the Stars by Buzz Aldrin (juvenile); Smithsonian Atlas of Space Exploration by Roger D. Launius and Andrew K. Johnston; Mission Control, This is Apollo:  The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon by Andrew Chaikin with Victoria Kohl (juvenile); The Universe in a Mirror:  The Saga of the Hubble Telescope and the Visionaries Who Built It by Robert Zimmerman; Homesteading Space:  The Skylab Story by David Hitt, Owen Garriott, and Joe Kerwin; Dark Side of the Moon:  The Magnificent Madness of the American Lunar Quest by Gerard J. DeGroot; Space Race:  The Epic Battle Between America and the Soviet Union for Dominion of Space by Deborah Cadbury; and Welcome to Mars (DVD).

Plus, don’t forget our database, Science Online.  There is plenty of good stuff on Mars and space exploration in there.


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  1. […] you want to learn more about Mars, posts here and here list some of Greensboro Public Library’s books on the Red […]

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