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Seeing red: Mankind gets closer to Mars

CBS News Meanwhile, at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., plans are afoot to send an even more delicate cargo to Mars – actual people.

The moon could be one, Mars could be one," said Gwynne Shotwell, the president and chief operating officer of SpaceX, whose business is launching cargo, satellites and, soon, people into space for its customers: governments, communications companies, and NASA.

Her boss is Tesla billionaire Elon Musk, who last year told an audience, "It is important that we try to become a multi-planet civilization, extend life beyond Earth."

David Pogue with professor Kim Binsted outside the HI-SEAS dome, built to simulate a human habitat on the surface of Mars.

CBS News The people who live isolated in the HI-SEAS dome can't quite phone home, though; they are under a 20-minute (each way) communications delay, to simulate the amount of time it takes for a signal to get from Earth to Mars.

And key is choosing the right KIND of people: "It can be summarized as a thick skin, a long fuse, and an optimistic outlook," Binsted said.


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