Suits for manned Mars mission `being tested in Alps`
Planetary scientists are testing out suits for the first manned missions to Mars -- by boldly going to the snow-capped Alps.
London: Planetary scientists are testing
out suits for the first manned missions to Mars -- by boldly
going to the snow-capped Alps.
This is because the scientists believe that conditions
under Austria`s Kaunertaler Glacier are ideal for replicating
conditions facing astronauts on Red Planet, where temperatures
can plunge to -113 degree Celsius, `The Sun` reported.
"It`s perfect. The permafrost conditions there closely
resemble the climate on Mars," Gernot Groemer who has designed
the 60 pounds space suit, said.
In fact, Russia last year announced its plans to build
a nuclear-powered spacecraft for a manned mission to Mars.
Anatoly Perminov, Head of the Russian Federal Space
Agency, told a government commission that the plan was crucial
if Russia wanted to maintain a competitive edge in the space
race, according to Russian media reports.
Perminov had said the basic design could be ready by
2012, but a final version would take another nine years, and
would cost around US dollars 580 million to build.
"The project is aimed at implementing largescale
space exploration programs, including a manned mission to Mars
interplanetary travel, the creation and operation of planetary
outposts," Perminov was quoted by the Russian media as saying.