Scientific Research

We need humans to explore Mars

Dr. Joel Levine, who spent 41 years at NASA Langley Research Center and the Mars Exploration Program at NASA Headquarters and now serves as Research Professor in William and Mary's Department of Applied Science, had a lot on his plate last week.

After serving as Program Scientist for NASA's Mars Scout Program and Co-Chair of NASA's Human Exploration of Mars Science Analysis Group, and Co-Editor of the 974-page volume, "The Human Mission to Mars: Colonizing the Red Planet," he began to see the fruition of his decades-long labor.

Time magazine published a 4-page article on an experiment in Hawaii, where a team of people lived on volcanic land simulating the surface...