5 Sep 2015

Missions to Mars

From This Way Up, 12:15 pm on 5 September 2015

Putting someone onto Mars is likely to happen in the 2030s according to NASA. But the privately funded commercial space sector, backed by technology entrepreneurs like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, looks likely to manage it a lot sooner than that. So why the quest to get to Mars, and what's the rush of getting people to live there?

Stephen Petranek considers these and other questions in his book How We'll Live on Mars.