13 July 2017
Durable power sources will be crucial to keeping astronauts alive on the frozen surfaces of the moon or Mars, a panel of NASA engineers and aerospace executives said July 12 during the “Planetary Surface Power” discussion at the 2017 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum in Atlanta. The power sources and electronics for human exploration on these worlds will face battles against time and the elements. Mars has a thin atmosphere, but it also has dust storms that can last for three months and cover the entire planet, said Stephen Hoffman, senior systems engineer for the exploration mission planning office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. (Image: Participants in the panel discussion, "Planetary Surface Power,” July 12 at the 2017 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum in Atlanta. Credit: AIAA)
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