Though no concrete plans are underway for a human Mars visit, several studies investigate possibilities for such visits following robotic missions. This artist's concept depicts hardware that might be involved in the event human visits ever occur. The artist, Pat Rawlings, depicts Pavonis Mons, a large shield volcano on Mars' equator overlooking the ancient water eroded canyon in which the base is located. Hardware seen here include the Mars explorer, a traverse vehicle, a habitation module, a power module, greenhouses, central base, lightweight crane and trailer, launch and landing facility, water well pumping station, a maintenance garage, tunneling device, water well drilling rig, large dish antennae, mast antenna, even a Mars airplane.
Image Credit: NASA/Pat Rawlings
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