Mars travel expert: Aerospace engineer can discuss challenges

February 27, 2013


ANN ARBOR—A University of Michigan aerospace engineer who studies advanced thrusters is available to discuss the challenges of getting humans to Mars.

Multimillionaire Dennis Tito today announced his plans to send two people to Mars and back.

Ben Longmier, an assistant professor in the U-M Department of Aerospace Engineering, says sending humans to Mars would cost NASA more than it’s ever budgeted. Longmier discusses the issues in this video: He can be reached at or (734) 764-6792.

U-M has a studio with satellite uplink capabilities.