Every day, NASA learns a little bit more about our nearest neighbor, Mars. No planet besides Earth has been explored more! Students will look at Mars's geology and what may lie beneath the planet's rocky surface And discover the lessons learned from past launches to the planet and the technological advances made since then. Readers will learn what stands between us and Mars, and what the journey there would be like. What would humans need for a successful voyage? What dangers might await brave explorers? Mission: Mars makes the leap from the first flyby in 1965 to the not-so-distant future of humans exploring the Red Planet.