NASA Ames Research Center  + Visit the NASA portal Site Accessibility Notes

Preliminary Design
Response by Bill Clancey


I looked at a half dozen or so designs. They are all fascinating.

I would offer some general advice for all groups:

  1. Mars is very dusty, how does this affect designs of equipment, spacesuits, etc.?
  2. What are people going to eat?
    How much food is needed for 6 people during 1.5 years? Where will that food be grown or stored?
  3. Where is the water coming from?
  4. Think in terms of integrated systems -- habitat, transportation, food, water, fuel, power, science samples, drilling, mining, etc.

 FirstGov  NASA

NASA Official: Mark León
Last Updated: May 2005
+ Contact Us