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Mars Research

Bryan Palaszewski

NASA Glenn Research Center

Bryan Palaszewsk has led work related to human Mars entry, descent, landing (EDL), and outer planet atmospheres for future ambitious space vehicles. Bryan was the lead propulsion subsystem engineer on the Ocean Topography Experiment (TOPEX) and is Associate Fellow of the AIAA.


Geology Atmospheres Orbiters Landers Habitats Search for Life Biosignatures Oxygen Water Fuels Construction Phobos

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Mars has been an important target of research for many decades. Not only is it a fascinating geological site but it has many other tantalizing features, including 2 unique moons. The planetary surface has many features that imply a rich and dynamic past. Mars awaits our new exploration projects.

This important planet may have been a habitat for past life. Our knowledge of Mars has improved with the use of many robotic explorers. The Viking missions of the 1970’s used small laboratories to test the martian regolith for the signs of life. While those experimental results were negative or inconclusive, additional research points to potential abodes of simple underground life. Water on Mars seems plentiful; the discovery of martian extensive water supplies may enable a practical and vital human base or colony. Many ideas for in-situ resource utilization have shown us creative uses of the martian regolith and atmosphere to bolster exploration, discovery, and colonization.

Human and robotic exploration will work hand in hand to unlock the secrets of Mars. This book will gather together new and renewed research to provide new keys to those secrets.

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Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: September 24th 2021

Applications to edit the book are assessed and a suitable editor is selected, at which point the process begins.

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Deadline for chapter proposals: October 22nd 2021

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Deadline for full chapters: December 21st 2021

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Review results due: March 11th 2022

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Expected publication date: May 10th 2022

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About the editor

Bryan Palaszewski

NASA Glenn Research Center

Bryan Palaszewski has worked at the NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field since 1989 and is currently directing research on high-performance propellants and atmospheric entry. He has conducted investigations nanometer-scale propellant additives for metalized gelled fuels for space missions. Recently, he led work related to human Mars entry, descent, and landing (EDL) where supersonic retro-propulsion (rocket deceleration) is planned for the Mars landing. He is also investigating the mining of outer planet atmospheres for future ambitious space vehicles. For six years, he led many studies of advanced space systems for orbital and interplanetary travel at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA. He was the lead propulsion subsystem engineer on the Ocean Topography Experiment (TOPEX), as well as being involved in other flight projects such as the Galileo Mission to Jupiter and the Cassini Mission to Saturn. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the City College of New York.

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