NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send people to Mars by the 2030’s. When people go to Mars they will need a high tech space suit much more advanced than what the astronauts wore on the moon. Plus, the gravity on Mars is one third that of the Earth compared to the moon being one sixth so an improved suit that weighs less will be important.
NASA is on a journey to Mars, with a goal of sending humans to the Red Planet in the 2030s. That journey is already well under way.
For decades, the agency and its partners have sent orbiters, landers and rovers, dramatically increasing our knowledge about the Red Planet and paving the way for future human explorers. The Curiosity rover has gathered radiation data to help us protect future astronauts, and the upcoming Mars 2020 rover will study the availability of Martian resources, including oxygen. – NASA