13 July 2017
To develop the propulsion technologies needed for a manned mission to Mars or other human deep space exploration, merging technologies and collaboration between government, private industry and academia are paramount, a panel of experts said July 12 at the  2017 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum in Atlanta. Panelists in the “Space Exploration Propulsion” session agreed the key technologies that will help enable a mission to Mars are solar-electric propulsion and advancements in chemical propulsion, such as nuclear thermal propulsion. (Image:Participants in the panel discussion, "Space Exploration Propulsion,” July 12 at the 2017 AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum in Atlanta. Credit: AIAA)
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