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Putting Astronauts on Mars: NASA Lays Out Three-Phase Plan

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The path to Mars goes through the moon — or the region of space near the moon, anyway.

NASA aims to put boots on Mars in the 2030s after first gathering human-spaceflight experience and expertise in low Earth orbit and the “proving ground” of cis-lunar space near the moon.

NASA has been working on this three-stage path to the Red Planet for some time, and the space agency lays out the basic plan in a 36-page report called “Journey to Mars: Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration,” which was released Thursday (Oct. 8). [5 Ideas for Manned Missions to Mars] link is http://www.space.com/23762-manned-mars-mission-ideas.html