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Manned Mars mission possible by 2030

Posted on Wednesday, 15 January, 2014 | Comment icon 27 comments

NASA could potentially put a human on Mars within 16 years. Image Credit: NASA/Pat Rawlings
A panel of experts has concluded that a manned mission to Mars by 2030 is a realistic possibility.
NASA might be working towards a manned visit to an asteroid within the next decade, but the ultimate goal of having humans set foot on Mars has not been forgotten.

During a recent workshop involving 60 prominent government, academic and industrial representatives, it was determined that a manned mission to the Red Planet would be possible by 2030 if NASA was to have its budget restored to pre-sequestration levels.

"To be able to make it feasible and affordable, you need a sustainable budget," said Chris Carberry, executive director of Explore Mars Inc. "You need a budget that is consistent, that you can predict from year to year and that doesn't get canceled in the next administration."

With money being the primary issue, Carberry doesn't believe that a mission to Mars will be possible at all based on the space agency's current budgetary constraints. "We're not far off from what we need," he said. "We just need to get back into a reasonable budget, which we're not in right now."

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Comment icon #18 Posted by green_dude777 on 16 January, 2014, 23:24
I don't think a manned mission to Mars is all that important unless they're setting up a base and colony. Outside of the above statement, by 2030, if Ray Kurzweil is correct, we should have created true AI by then, there will literally be no other need for manned space missions aside from colonization. Robots and computers are way more resilient, need no motivator outside of commands, and make less mistakes than human beings. On a side note, has anyone seen "Europa Report"? It's on Netflix, you should give it a watch if you're interested in space travel.
Comment icon #19 Posted by DONTEATUS on 17 January, 2014, 2:18
There will always be a need for man to explore space,ITs in our DNA !
Comment icon #20 Posted by promKing on 17 January, 2014, 18:35
Actually NASA could of sent astronauts on Mars already. Don't you remember Mars Direct? Back in 1996 Robert Zubrin and David Baker were laying out plan to land people on Mars in year 2007; but yeah they are all distant dreams in a country that's Military Junta. They were saying that 50 billion dollars in 10 years would do which wouldn't even be increasing current military budget but I guess stealth aircraft carrier and vast facilities for storing peoples personal data or not taxing rich people are needed more. And why would people think going to Mars or Europa is more important whe... [More]
Comment icon #21 Posted by bruce fiction on 17 January, 2014, 21:34
That's all America thinks about going to war war costs money
Comment icon #22 Posted by DONTEATUS on 17 January, 2014, 22:14
We might just someday make it over our petty Ideas of Politics,power,War`s and such to join together and travel the Stars, IT will take a World Wide consciousness to achieve this Goal. I for one would love to work towards this point of Possibilities !
Comment icon #23 Posted by promKing on 18 January, 2014, 19:55
Well there is a Nuclear Fusion Awarness Society for explaining people what Nuclear Fusion is. It is trying to make people grasp something that will be a re-birth of human race. We will literally be a Star Trek society looking back on this very same day with the same affliction like we look at Medieval Times now. Goal of Nuclear Fusion Awarness Society is to get as many people to gain some gravity and make it happen since politicians are still clinging to this anachronistic monetary vision of the world and this simply can not go anymore. With Nuclear Fusion nobody will be hungry or homeless ... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by DONTEATUS on 20 January, 2014, 0:05
So cheap everything is the Goal ? What about Water? Does it make enough to bath the planet,and Feed the planet? I see that we better get off our collective Butts and Get really changing our waist & greed systems also. I dont want to Live on Venus with Elephants,Maybe Venus with Super Models,and Lots Of Crazy Things to Fly around and Race around ! And Lots of Parties ! And Man will always want to explore,continued challenged,Push the limits ! JMO. Cheers ! Im all in for a Trip to the Stars !
Comment icon #25 Posted by bruce fiction on 20 January, 2014, 1:25
I think we should go to other solar systems but it is going to take money and lots of it maybe space X needs to step up
Comment icon #26 Posted by Sucellos on 20 January, 2014, 5:12
Indeed, all it needs is a change in our political/economical system. All that matters now are the things that gives most risk free money. Everything that is produced or sold is connected to the price of petrol.... We should already have colonies, on the moon and on Mars. But it isnt profitable enough on short terms. I remember the discussions in the early 90ties about genetic manipulated plants that produced electricity. By now there should be energy farms all around the world. But the project simply vanished into thin air. It seems to be forgotten. Our economical evolution is frozen for decad... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by Frank Merton on 20 January, 2014, 5:23
My guess is you got enthused by some hype you read somewhere that didn't pan out, and you reflexively blame the petroleum industry.

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