Without a new interplanetary internet to support the imminent boom in Martian probes, those with hopes of walking on the Red Planet will be stuck on Earth
You might have heard that by 2025 we’ll be watching a reality show set on Mars, Elon Musk will have begun selling the $200,000 tickets that will make humans a multiplanetary species and astronauts will be cruising around the Red Planet in buggies resembling Batmobiles.
But these dreams are in jeopardy because of a little-known problem: the deteriorating communications infrastructure between Mars and Earth. This set-up could be inoperative as soon the mid-2020s, leaving us unable to launch the next generation of landers and rovers, let alone get any useful scientific information
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