Mars exploration: NASA’s ‘take’ the first humans to the red planet

A full-motion simulator in the new Astronaut Training (ATX) program.

(Kennedy Space Center/NASA)

The first manned mission to Mars departing earlier than you thought.

Officials in Florida’s NASA Kennedy Space Center in the hope of new educational programs to simulate a landing on Mars and perform a basis, there is room to give the American audience the most authentic experience of what life could be like for astronauts on the red planet.

“People are fascinated by the idea of Mars, and we want to be able to the majority of people who would never have the chance to be there the most immersive experience,” Dee Maynard, educational programs manager at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Titusville, told Fox News.

The renewed Astronaut Training (ATX) and new Base on Mars 1 program will have limited availability from Monday for a grand opening in the middle of January, according to the spokesperson Rebecca Shireman.

“This generation that is coming through, they are the ones who are the right age to be living and working on Mars,” said Maynard. “We try to help them catch the Mars bug.”

The 5-hour-ATX program consists of a series of true-to-life simulations of the landing and exploring Mars.

The microgravity simulator/

(Kennedy Space Center/NASA)

Teams of six first are working together to land a capsule on the red planet, with a number of role-play as astronauts on board, while others in mission control. Then they switch the sides.

A full-motion simulator that will spin riders 360 degrees – and down – allows guests to simulate the drive on the Mars surface. Virtual reality headsets offer also four missions on Mars, ranging from the repair of a rover to ride out a sandstorm.

And to help prepare for the feeling of weightlessness when somewhere without gravity, “astronauts” can the band in a microgravity simulator, which Maynard described as a hovercraft chair in a frictionless environment.


With the Base in Mars from 1 program, guests will simulate life on the red planet and face scenarios, such as cleaning of solar panels hampered by Mars dust.

“Food and oxygen for the Mars Base 1 is from the Botany Lab,” reads a description on the Kennedy Space Center on the website of another part of the program. “You will plant actual seeds, harvesting of different crops, and decide what to do when the greenhouse is being threatened. Research on plant species and use accurate measurements for the sending of your data to real NASA scientists for their own running Veggie project.”

A view of Mars Base 1 botany lab.

(Kennedy Space Center/NASA/Weber Group, Inc.)

Kennedy Space Center employees offer support in every activity, to help feed and keep. The participants are also encouraged to help each other.

“We believe that communication, cooperation and teamwork are essential to learn,” said Maynard.

Maynard told Fox News that the facility, and the current astronaut training was made during the shuttle era, and the redesign — more than two years in the making — is carried out in order to keep future generations on the altitude where NASA is on the way.

NASA says it hopes that the new programs that give inspiration to future generations.

(Kennedy Space Center/NASA)

“NASA goes back to the deep exploration of space with emphasis on a possible return to the Moon and to Mars,” she said. “We wanted the astronaut program to reflect that.”

Former astronaut Jon McBride, who works at the Kennedy Space Center now believes the space-and aviation educational programs give the youth a chance to see what they can do in the future.

“I look back on my youth and I was inspired by the people who came and talked about futuristic things, and the possibilities that you can do virtually anything you want to do,” he said in an interview with WFME on the new ATX, and Mars Base 1-programs. “I love to see the brilliance of children in the eyes when I talk to them about them may be the first person on Mars one of these days. You can see their eyes light up.”

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