Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the surface of the moon on July 20th, 1969, making the Apollo 11 mission one of the biggest achievements in human history. Its success paved the way for an entire generation of scientists, making the United States the undoubted leader of the space age. The next great test of human ingenuity continues in the footsteps of the Apollo missions: it is time to land a human on the surface of the red planet. There are countless obstacles in the way of our journey to Mars such as food production, habitat construction, low payload capacity of spacecraft and overcoming the limitations of current propulsion systems. To overcome these challenges we must invest in a multitude of technological industries including 3D printing, robotics and nanotechnology. These areas of science are accelerating at a rapid pace and will continue to evolve and influence one other, becoming increasingly interdependent. Growth rates and exponential trends indicate that possible solutions to our most pressing problems will be within our grasp in approximately 10 years.
Semester/Year of Award
George V. Landon
Restricted Access Thesis
Hanavan, Alex J., "The Journey to Mars: Understanding and Extrapolating the Exponential Growth of the Technologies That Will Bring Us to the Red Planet" (2015). Honors Theses. 249.