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[HST views of Mars]
Sequence of Hubble Space Telescope images of Mars, showing Syrtis Major, taken 1994-1995. Note the seasonal changes and varying distance effects.

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    Planet Mars, Mars Exploration and Mars Missions

    This page is also available in its original list format Hottest links:

    Mars, the Planet

    Observing Mars

    Mars Exploration

    Toward a Crewed Mars Mission and Humans on Mars: Resources Link pages

    Mars Missions

    >>Current and Future Mars Missions

    Current and Future Missions:

    Also look at the Launch Sequence of all historic Mars missions (and scheduled launch dates for future missions)
    Also note the older Mars Mission schedule which was redefined after the failures of Mars Climate Orbiter and Mars Polar Lander.

    Launched in 1996:

    Launched 1998-99:
    Launched 2001:
    Launched 2003: To be launched 2004 or 2005: To be launched 2005: To be launched 2007: To be launched 2009: To be launched 2011: To be launched 2014: To be launched 2016: Note: Some missions are still in the early planning stage.

    For the time after 2016, a continuation of the research missions is planned. Detailed plans are still to be worked out, and should utilize the newly acquired knowledge of the current and scheduled Mars missions. Nasa officials have expressed their intention that these efforts should eventually be leading to a Mars mission with a human crew to be launched in 2018 (and to arrive at Mars in 2019), and to begin an era of permanent human presence on our neighbor planet. Moreover, this date is continuously under discussion with the aim to do the mission sooner (The earliest (now outdated) proposition was a crewed mission as early as 2007, while CNN has reported plans for a crewed mission in 2012 !)

  • A Crewed Mission to Mars ... Scenario (NSSDC), after NASA Special Publication #6107

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