“Mars” flickr photo by Kevin M. Gill shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

     It has long been known that NASA is attempting to develop the capabilities needed to send humans to our nearest planet, and it’s the fourth one from the sun, Mars. In 2010 the American congress passed a bipartisan act, entitled the NASA Authorization Act, which set out this long- term goal, including plans to reach an asteroid by 2025 and then, eventually, Mars by the mid 2030’s.