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Will Humans Land on Mars? Learn About the History of Mars Exploration and 7 Key Challenges of Sending Humans to Mars

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 29, 2021 • 7 min read

Mars exploration has long been the subject of human fascination. While missions to Mars are frequently the subject of science fiction books and movies, the reality may not be that far behind. Recent advances in space technology and the rapid commercialization of the space market may soon make a human mission to Mars possible. What’s more, if you look at the 300,000 year history of human exploration, it is evident that the need to explore is fundamental to our nature. Framed in this way, a mission to Mars isn’t really a question of if—it’s more a question of when.