In less than a dozen years, SpaceX and NASA plan to send astronauts to Mars independently of each other. Before that, however, both entities are looking for a place where a manned capsule could land.
NASA and SpaceX SpaceX consortium managed by Elon Musk will soon begin exploring Mars in the near future. For now, the planet is researching rovers with a variety of scientific instruments, but people will be sent there in a while.
Of course, before this happens, you need to find a suitable landing site beforehand. That’s it, together with SpaceX, the American Space Agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Scientists work together to find the best location for a space ship to land in the future.
Finding this place will not be easy, as it has to fulfill several factors. Above all, the surface should be ice. In addition, the area must have a slight slope, and the location itself must be near the equator to provide as much exposure to the sun’s rays as needed for photovoltaic cells.