According to scientists, in their first year on Mars, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity made a discovery that should help pave the way for a human mission to the Red Planet, which is planned for the next few decades.
"Solid spacecraft Curiosity, brought to us useful information on the radiation level on the surface of the Red Planet in deep space.
And his landing on the surface of the planet, which we dubbed the "seven minutes of terror" on the night of August 5, 2012, showed a more or less reliable way of landing heavy vehicles and cargo on an alien planet, "said NASA chief Charles Bolden.
During the celebration, the residence Curiosity on the surface of Mars at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, Charles Bolden said: Curiosity its wheels, literally paving the way for the first human footprints on Mars."
NASA program for long-term stays, man in space in the end for the moment assume the main goal - landing a man on the Red Planet. U.S. President Barack Obama has already made a decree agency NASA that they have developed effective programs to obtain samples of the near-Earth asteroid by 2025, and then carried out a flight to the near-Mars orbit by the mid 2030h years.