There has recently been much talk in the science arena about space travel beyond the moon, specifically travel to Mars. I am extremely intrigued by the notion of interplanetary travel but I am also concerned with the ability we have to safely get a human to Mars, then back home to Earth. I am confident Earthlings will have the ability to travel to mars within the next decade, but considering our lack of resources on the red planet and the planet’s size, I am skeptical of our ability to get back. I think it would be wise to build another space station, further out in the solar system, to work as a mid point and refueling station for the trip. The planet Mars is 140 million miles away from Earth in a straight line, and given the fastest speed of a manned spacecraft to date it would take about 235 days to get there. Keeping in mind variables such as planetary position and the fact that space travel has advanced well past the fastest manned ship of 1969, modern estimates read 150 – 300 days to get to Mars. Humans would literally need a truckload of supplies just to get to Mars let alone what is needed to stay and build on Mars. There is actually a project known as “Mars One” that is focused on building a settlement on Mars with everyday people. The Mars One project has been touted as a one-way ticket to mars, and participants of this mission were chosen via an online sign up and careful evaluation. I am generally concerned with this mission due to the lack of experience of the “settlers” as well as the lack of technology. I hope in time, if they plan to go through with Mars One, skilled astronauts will be used to shepherd these settlers to their new home planet. Mars travel is dream to many and while it is definitely years away, it is promising to see the brilliant minds and technology behind it. I am extremely optimistic for the future of interplanetary travel.