Aside from being a darn good movie, there’s a reason Ridley Scott’s The Martian was a hit with geeks — it imagines a near future where we actually have the guts and tech to put people on Mars. We want to live in that world (just, you know, without stranding Matt Damon there for so long).
So, how close are we to actually getting to the Red Planet? Depending on your perspective, we still have a lot of work to do, but might be a bit closer than you think. Interestingly enough, it looks like NASA might not be the first agency to get there. Hey, Elon Musk always said he wants to die on Mars, right?
We break down the four missions currently aiming to put boots on the Red Planet, and also look at just how viable they seem to be.