Copyright © 2011 by Frank Stratford. Published by the Mars Society with permission.
Multiple Ways to Fund Mars
This article by Frank Stratford of MarsDrive discusses a response on how Dr Robert ZubrinŐs recent Dragon Direct might be funded from alternative, non NASA sources and how the mission itself might be modified to more completely satisfy the health and safety concerns these history making missions would entail. In a point by point form various ideas (including a Mars Consortium) are proposed for the purpose of initiating better developed ideas on how the Mars advocacy community can do more than simply lobby NASA or her congressional bosses by seeking private and public means of funding in a strategic and far reaching plan that rests on multiple ways to fund Mars missions, much like the individual threads of a rope combined give it strength, so several of these ideas, if combined, could lead to actual funding of a humans to Mars mission in the next decade.