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Types of Bases

The form that the first Mars base will take will depend on its ultimate purpose. If established only for brief use with specific objectives in mind, it might resemble a temporary base camp set up to scale Mt. Everest. Alternatively, it might be established for long-term scientific exploration, like McMurdo Base in Antarctica. A base might also be intended as a nucleus around which permanent Mars settlement could grow, much as Jamestown, Virginia, was for the English who settled North America in the early seventeenth century.

In old Mars plans, piloted landing missions, each lasting less than a month, started human exploration of Mars, and any form of base came only later. The Mars exploration plan favored today by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), however, encourages establishment of a temporary base camp on Mars on the first expedition. In NASA's plan, spacecraft use...

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