Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

NASA won't be taking humans to Mars anymore

NASA won't be taking humans to Mars anymore

On Wednesday, NASA's chief of human spaceflight, William H. Gerstenmaier, announced the agency can not achieve the targeted mission to Mars in the 2030s with the current budget.

According to Ars Technica, the admission was made by NASA's head of human spaceflight Bill Gerstenmaier at a recent conference of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. How much does it cost to send humans to the Red Planet? In other words, we might be able to get to Mars orbit, but developing entry, descent and landing technology is beyond NASA's current budget constraints.

An Orion spacecraft is being prepared, at Johnson Space Center in nearby Houston, for flight atop NASA's as-yet-unflown megarocket, the SLS or Space Launch System.

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If indeed true, it would be a staggering blow for space exploration in the coming decades and contrary to NASA's plans to land a crew on Mars sometime in the 2030s. However, it turns out that the space agency is far too broke to send people to Mars, contradicting what the Trump administration recently touted.

At the time Lightfoot said he found that United States president Donald Trump was supportive of its goal to get humans to Mars, despite the $500m budget cut. NASA's next steps will depend on its funding, but now more than ever, the future of Mars colonization rests in the hands of commercial space companies.​.

NASA admitted today during a meeting of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics that under the current budget they can not afford to get humans to Mars.

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NASA has been talking about getting humans to Mars for years, and continues to provide updated plans for getting there.

Elon Musk's SpaceX remains set on sending humans to Mars as soon as possible using the Falcon Heavy launch vehicle and Interplanetary Transport System.

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Research shows that when a caring adult sits together with their child reading it can increase reading comprehension, Maier noted. The school district has suggested that parents read with their children for 20 minutes every night, though.


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