Ares Program

Discovery, Exploration

2012 - 2036 CE

The Ares program was a NASA-led crewed spaceflight project overseen by UNAC that succeeded in its milestone goal of landing humans on the surface of Mars. The Ares program spanned 24 years, from 2012 to 2036 CE, and five missions, each a duration of roughly 1050 days with roughly 530 of those spent on the Martian surface. All five missions were a success, and the final mission (Ares V) delivered both the ANCILE and the IMORS habitation module to Mars orbit in 2033.

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Program Timeline

2012

Ares program announced

Feb. 15

Construction begins on Ares mission vehicle Ilia

2013

Nov. 29

Launch of autonomous pre-supply for Ares program to Mars

2014

Aug. 16

Ares pre-supply arrives on Mars

2015

Jul. 20

Ilia construction complete

2016

Jan. 13

Ares I mission launched to Mars

Sept. 29

Ares I mission arrives at Mars

Oct. 3

CDR. Aly Wilson steps on Mars for the first time

2018

Mar. 19

Ares I departs for Earth

Dec. 4

Ares I returns to Earth

2020

Jun. 5

Ares II mission launched to Mars

2021

Feb. 20

Ares II mission arrives at Mars

2022

Jul. 31

Ares II mission departs for Earth

2023

Apr. 17

Ares II mission returns to Earth

2024

Sept. 8

Ares III mission launched to Mars

2025

May. 26

Ares III mission arrives at Mars

2026

Oct. 12

Ares III mission departs for Earth

2027

Jun. 29

Ares III mission returns to Earth

2028

Nov. 15

Ares IV mission launched to Mars

2029

Aug. 1

IMORS core block delivered by Ares IV

Aug. 2

Ares IV mission arrives at Mars

2030

Dec. 25

Ares IV mission departs for Earth

2031

Sept. 11

Ares IV mission returns to Earth

2033

Mar. 3

Ares V mission launched to Mars

Sept. 26

ANCILE inserted at Mars L1

Oct. 14

IMORS habitation module delivered by Ares V

Oct. 15

Ares V mission touches down on Mars; the last humans to touch the red planet until the 22nd century

2035

May 28

Ares V mission departs for Earth

2036

Jan. 3

Ares V mission returns to Earth

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