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 A one-way, slow, high-payload capacity, automated cargo ship leaves Earth first and places a habitat, fuel and supplies on Mars. Once the operation of the equipment is started and verified from the safety of the Earth, a much faster human mission could commence during the next two-year cycle. This would be done by a fast ship with a lower payload.
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Mars Animations

Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 04/09/2002
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