But a mission to Mars would be different in a number of significant ways. It would break free of the relatively cozy closeness to home enjoyed by the International Space Station and other orbital facilities. There would be neither resupply nor visitors, in contrast with the ISS, where space shuttles and other vessels dock from time to time. Real-time communications (or nearly so) with mission control would give way to long lag times.
And there will likely be no wood paneling, in contrast with the interior design of the Mars500 modules.
August 20, 2010 10:00 AM PDT
Photo by: ESA
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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