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- Dec 16, 2010
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This would appear to be NASAs response to Kubrick's film. Aside from a study into landers for outer-planet missions this is one of the few 1960s studies that looks at sending men beyond Mars.
An exploratory analysis was performed to determine the feasibility of outer planet, round-trip Mission profiles which might have manned flight applications. Simplifying assumptions used minimized the analytical effort, but the main conclusions are still considered valid. A round-trip flyby of Jupiter of approximately 1000 days duration was found, which appears to be within the capabilities of technology generally assumed for a manned Mars stopover mission. Missions beyond Jupiter were found to be either of very long duration or very demanding in terms of propulsion requirements.
Multiplanet flybys were not examined, but it is suggested that, at least in the case of a Jupiter-Saturn-and-return flyby, energy requirements might be less than for the Saturn-only case.