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Can You Land on Mars? Astronaut Chris Hadfield Identifies 10 Challenges Humanity Must Solve Before Landing on Mars

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Last updated: Sep 24, 2021 • 8 min read

Colonel Chris Hadfield has been called “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong.” In 2013, he spent six months as commander of the International Space Station—and along the way became a worldwide sensation when he recorded a video of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” that was seen by over 75 million people online.

For Hadfield, humanity’s next great space challenge is a Mars landing. For him, sending humans to Mars isn’t really a question of “if”—it’s merely a question of “when.” When will our technology be good enough to make it? And when will we agree as a people that the risk is worth taking?