A Human Mission to Deimos and Phobos

Manfred "Dutch" von Ehrenfried

EXPLORING THE MARTIAN MOONS: A Human Mission to Deimos and Phobos This book explores the possibility of a manned orbital mission to the moons of Mars: Deimos and Phobos. It describes the ways in which an orbital mission would provide early operational experience in the Mars environment without the risk of a landing on the planet itself. Importantly, the dangers of the deep gravity well of Mars and those associated with a long stay on the planet's surface are avoided.

The author provides an in-depth explanation of how such a mission might be approached and the unique opportunities it opens up. First, it expands our knowledge of the moons and Mars itself, and second, it provides valuable operational, scientific and engineering lessons. Van Ehrenfried makes a convincing case that, by drawing on the experience of an orbital mission, the probability of a safe and successful Mars landing by NASA at a later date could be enhanced.

Combining ground-breaking science with achievable goals on a fast timetable, this book reveals an approach that is the best of both worlds and possibly our best chance of reaching Mars safely in the future.

"Phobos and Deimos are of significant scientific value not only as small bodies but as records of Mars's formation and evolution."
Dr. Pascal Lee, Director, Mars Institute, Planetary Scientist, SETI Institute

"Phobos is a way station, a perfect perch that becomes the first sustainable habitat on another world."
Buzz Aldrin from his book: Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration

Table of Contents


PART I The Current Plan
1. Introduction
2. NASA's Plans
3. The Major Elements and Other Modules
4. Key Enabling Technologies
5. Crew Risks and Health Systems

PART II A Safer, Quicker and Cheaper Plan
6. The Flexible Path to the Moons of Mars
7. Mission Operations

PART III The Major Players
8. Summary of NASA Headquarters and Center Contributions
9. Other Government Contributions
10. International Contributions
11. Prime and Support Contractors

1 Deimos and Phobos
2 Robotic Mars Missions
3 Mars Analogs
4 Commercial Cargo and Crew Spacecraft
5 Commercial Launch Vehicles
6 Station Keeping
References and Internet Links
About the Author

Extent: 255 pages, Black and white/colour images integrated with text
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2017
ISBN: 978-3-319-52699-7

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