Definitely Not Tourist Destinations
The majority of new astronauts will head to the ISS, but there are chances that they could be flying further than that. It all depends on what space programs are being developed and how successful they’re likely to be. One such destination is past the moon, which a human-crewed vehicle has never done before. Towards the end of this year, NASA intends to send an uncrewed spacecraft to see how well it will do on its own. NASA has its eyes (and craft) set on Mars now! On July 30, 2020, the Perseverance rover launched to Mars.
The Perseverance launched on an Atlas V-541 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The Atlas V is one of the largest interplanetary flight rockets. It’s the same kind of rocket used for the InSight and Curiosity launches to Mars and is currently in its “cruise” phase, which begins after the spacecraft separates from the rocket after launch. The cruise phase lasts around seven months, and the engineers will have several opportunities to tweak the flight path to ensure that it is on the correct route to land in the Jezero Crater on Mars.