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Science Past from the issue of January 16, 1960

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MEN TO MARS POSSIBLE IN 60’S, EXPERTS SAY — The United States will be able to send three men on a 14-month expedition to Mars in a nuclear-powered two-stage rocket ship during the 1960’s, three space experts assert. The rocket ship would go into orbit around Mars, and the exploring party would use a chemically propelled “taxi” to go down for a close look at the Martian landscape. After exploring for two months, the party would refuel their orbiting space ship and head back to earth. Tanks of hydrogen, for refueling purposes, would be launched about a month earlier than the manned ship to make certain they are on course … In addition to its three-man crew, the space ship would carry 55,000 pounds in life-support materials.

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