What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of focusing on ISS, Moon, or Mars?
Jose Lizama | February 23, 2018
There are different opinions about how NASA should focus its efforts. All possibilities have advantages and disadvantages. Yet, it looks like the farther we go the more we can learn.
- Helps improve out knowledge about keeping astronauts alive in space.
- Very limited exploration.
- On-site possibilities to manufacture rocket fuel.
- Commuting between Earth and Moon is faster than between Earth and other moons or planets.
- Commuting time is about three days.
- Low gravitate tests.
- Fast communications with Earth.
- Nice views of the Earth from one side of the Moon.
- Limited solar power supply during lunar nights.
- Key resources are difficult to mine.
- Lack of atmosphere.
- The Martian day is like the Earth day.
- There is a lot of land for exploration.
- We could find living organisms.
- We have to travel long distance to get there.
- Thin atmosphere with ultraviolet exposure.
- Low temperatures.