“The only source of knowledge is experience.” – Albert Einstein
Boeing Path to Mars
Path to Mars
Exploration has shaped and changed the course of human history. Our very nature compels us to push beyond boundaries and to see what lies just beyond the horizon. Our drive to explore is fueled by curiosity that compels us to seek and understand the unknown. NASA is leading our nation and the world on a journey in which humans will travel deeper into the solar system than ever before. Boeing is helping to shape the “Path to Mars” with an architecture that supports the NASA’s vision and leverages the proving grounds of the International Space Station, as well as the area around the Moon or cislunar space.
While robotic explorers have studied Mars for more than 40 years, NASA’s journey for the human exploration of Mars begins in low-Earth orbit aboard the International Space Station. Astronauts on the orbiting laboratory are helping prove many of the technologies and communications systems needed for missions to deep space. The space station also advances our understanding of how the body changes in space and how to protect astronaut health.
The path to Mars begins in cislunar space. Building a strong foundation of deep space experience through missions closer to home will save lives now and well into the future. Mars is seven months away from the safety of Earth, practice missions and second generation advances in support systems will help ensure success.
International Space Station
The International Space Station provides the groundwork for partnerships that will help us transition to working together on a platform near the Moon. NASA will lead a global community on exploration and commercial activity in cislunar space.
Boeing Space Exploration
Since the dawn of the space age, Boeing companies have designed, developed, built, and operated human and robotic space vehicles and infrastructure. Boeing is leveraging more than 60 years of experience with the U.S. space program to help shape the future of human spaceflight with innovative, affordable products and solutions.
NASA, and its partners, aim to extend human presence deeper into the solar system and to the surface of Mars. This vision challenges Boeing to leverage our six decades of human spaceflight experience to achieve a permanent – and steadily expanding –
human presence in deep space.
We pioneer to grow from the experience, to learn more about our origins, discover life, identify resources, foster economic growth, inspire and educate, protect ourselves from unknown threats, and leave a better future for the next generation. By exploring space, we expand humanity’s options and enable humans to thrive beyond Earth.