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ISA commits to Mars, Jupiter exploration and Lunar Expansion

Posted 08-26-2010 at 01:41 PM by garyw
Updated 08-26-2010 at 01:43 PM by garyw

In a press release issued today, a spokeswoman for ISA (International Space Agency) confirmed that ISA will be taking on the challenge of Mars in the coming months.
She had this to say: "It's obvious to ISA that there is a lot of competition in the commercial space exploration environment and with at least two other companies in the running to land on Mars we feel that ISA needs to be there at the forefront of exploration of this new frontier. Therefore, ISA is committed to landing a person on Mars before the middle of 2011 and returning them in early 2012".

She further went on to explain that the landing on Mars would follow a strict programme which would utilise a range of new technology such as experimental nano-tech devices and the newly constructed Arrow spacecraft currently stationed on the Moon. In explaining the Mars exploration plan it was clear that ISA are following a Zubrin style exploration strategy with UCGO cargo being sent at the end of 2009 and a human follow up in late 2010.

ISA have recently been criticised for a series of exploration probe failures which left one probe stranded in LEO when it should have been in orbit around the moon and another tumbling useless in LEO. In both cases some mission objectives were accomplished although several key goals were lost.

ISA did say that both missions were test missions designed to uncover and fix such problems but other industry experts remained sceptical.

As well as a human presence on Mars ISA have further committed to a robotic exploration of Jupiter which the first probe to be launched in March and exploration of the 'dark side' of the moon with the first of a series of radio telescopes to be built there later on this year.

Whatever ISA's ultimate goals they certainly have a busy time ahead of them.

More information will be presented on ISA's website in the next few weeks. For further information you can email [email protected]
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    IronRain's Avatar
    Sounds nice. Good luck
    Posted 08-26-2010 at 02:12 PM by IronRain IronRain is offline
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    PhantomCruiser's Avatar
    Very nice! Hope to hear more of ISA exploits in the future.
    Posted 08-26-2010 at 03:22 PM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
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    astrosammy's Avatar
    Ah, so cool that you put so much into it. Even a own e-mail adress...
    Posted 08-26-2010 at 09:56 PM by astrosammy astrosammy is offline
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    garyw's Avatar
    Trying to go for the realistic feel here ;-) There will be plans up on the site over the weekend.
    Posted 08-26-2010 at 10:08 PM by garyw garyw is offline
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    Enjo's Avatar
    This is not realism. This is pure fantasy!
    *Enjo runs
    Posted 08-27-2010 at 04:09 PM by Enjo Enjo is offline
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    garyw's Avatar
    Orbiter = Second life
    Posted 08-27-2010 at 04:27 PM by garyw garyw is offline

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