Mars Base 101: How astronauts could make the most of a 30-day Red Planet stay

NASA is evaluating a first human stay on the surface of Mars that would last 30 Earth days or so.

Scientists and engineers are debating how to best use that month on the Red Planet. Should the Mars explorers plant a flag, just try to stay alive, conduct valuable science work or prioritize setting up equipment for the next human Mars landing team? However that epic mission shakes out, site selection will be critical, and hauling select gear on the first outing will likely set the framework for future human exploration of the Red Planet.

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