Mars Explorers Call for Opening the ‘New World’

The way to kick-start a humans-to-Mars program is to take a do-it-yourself approach and focus on research needed to open the Red Planet to explorers and eventually settlers, a guru for Mars exploration says. Private monies are being spent to study how to combat the long-duration effects — on mice and humans — of microgravity en route to Mars, and to better assess the skills required of people that voyage that great distance to open up the next “New World” for humankind, says Mars Society President, Robert Zubrin. “I am myself of the pragmatist school. If humans-to-Mars can be done publicly or privately, I want it to be done,” Zubrin said. “Whether it