NASA Ponders Human Voyage to the Moons of Barsoom

When I was a teenager my imagination was captivated by the Mars stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs and his vision of its two moons hurtling through the skies of Barsoom (the name given to Mars by its native inhabitants). Soon humans will follow in the footsteps of John Carter to Mars and also one day stand on those very moons (Phobos and Deimos).

NASA is now considering the possibility of a human mission to the moons of Barsoom. What an exciting prospect to stand on two worlds where the gravity is so weak an astronaut can jump up and achieve escape velocity to become a natural satellite of Mars.

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