The Final Frontier: A Mars Mission With No Return npr

As the nation attempts to go on a debt diet, the cost of federally funded space missions, like the long-awaited manned mission to Mars, is being questioned. But two scientists are recommending a different approach that could change space exploration forever: leaving the astronauts there.
In their article from the Journal of Cosmology, scientists Dirk Schulze-Makuch of Washington State University and Paul Davies of Arizona State University propose making the mission to Mars a one-way trip.
“The purpose of doing this is to save money, to put it bluntly,” Davies tells NPR’s Audie Cornish.
“I think we’ve all had this dream of going to Mars — it has been something that has, for decades, been proposed — but it’s one of these on-again-off-again projects because it is so phenomenally expensive. But by making the trip one way, you cut the cost dramatically, not just 50 percent, probably about as much as 80 percent. Then it becomes feasible.”