Yesterday, we brought you up to date on the new Orion spacecraft, which is designed to take manned spaceflight into the next few decades. Lockheed Martin has big plans for their capsule, and wants to use it to send humans to asteroids, the moon, and ultimately Mars.
From the way this video makes it sound, Lockheed's thinking long term, and is hoping to commence a space exploration program that gets humans to Mars by way of lots of intermediary missions, sort of like how the Apollo program tested out equipment and techniques in ever more complicated Earth and lunar orbit missions before finally landing on the moon itself. Check out all their fancy renderings of the trip:
A mission to Mars could be undertaken as soon as 2030, huh? Awesome, I'll still be young enough to go!
Via Lockheed Martin