Solar Power Would Be...
The superior option over nuclear for crewed Martian missions near the planet's equator, a new study concludes.
Researchers Found That
A six-person Red Planet mission could be sufficiently powered by photovoltaic systems
Adding On To Decades Of Research
On the benefits of solar power as used by robotic NASA Mars explorers such as the Spirit and Opportunity rovers and the InSight lander.
And Humans Could Clean
The solar panels on site, preventing the problem of dust buildup that have plagued Mars spacecraft over the years. (A big dust storm killed Opportunity back in 2018.)
The Team's Modeling Work Suggests
As long as the crewed mission is located near the sun-rich Martian equator,
The Metrics Of Solar Intensity And
Surface temperature would have the superior tradeoff to a nuclear fission system in terms of mass needed and energy generated.