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NASA ordered to send humans to Mars by 2033


Posted on Monday, 13 March, 2017 | Comment icon 12 comments

NASA will be aiming to place humans on Mars within 16 years. Image Credit: NASA/Pat Rawlings
The space agency has been given a set of ambitious new goals which include a manned mission to Mars.
The new NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017, which will assign $19.5 billion to the space agency's budget, was passed last week, heralding in a new era of space missions and research.

One of NASA's most significant new goals will be to create a roadmap for getting humans "near or on the surface of Mars in the 2030s" with a tentative manned mission date of 2033.

The previously planned asteroid redirection mission, which aimed to bring an asteroid in to a closer orbit and then send a crew to visit it, is now looking unlikely to ever happen.

There has been significant support however for the new Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System which will both be crucial if NASA is to send humans to Mars within the stated time frame.

An unmanned Moon mission is scheduled or 2018 with a manned mission to follow in 2021.

The bill also supports plans for a new car-sized rover on Mars by 2020, a mission to look for life on Jupiter's moon Europa and efforts to locate exoplants using the James Webb Space Telescope.

NASA has also been asked to renew its efforts to locate potentially dangerous asteroids as well as to create more plutonium-238 - the fuel used to power some of its deep-space probes and landers.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (12)

Tags: NASA, Mars

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Comment icon #3 Posted by geraldnewfie on 13 March, 2017, 21:47
lets hope that money isnt wasted and nobody gets sent to mars, we all know how gov agencies work, extra cost here, extra cost there
Comment icon #4 Posted by Troublehalf on 14 March, 2017, 0:21
Does this mean we'll be sending a probe to Europa to check for any potential alien life? I heard somewhere 2038 was the earliest, but that got pushed back I'm sure. We need to confirm water is there, obviously, then send a probe to drill down to any potential liquid water. Perhaps trying other places like Ceres? I mean, we say that water is a key ingredient for life, but we don't go checking on potential water locations in our solar system. Yeah, I get it, very very unlikely to be intelligent, but even microbial would be history making. I hope so.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Merc14 on 14 March, 2017, 1:50
The official name of the $2 billion dollar mission is Europa Clipper and is scheduled to launch in the 2020's. It will do multiple flybys of the moon to gather knowledge for the best way to develop and send a lander. As far as water on Europa that is a given out what is the best way to land on and explore that moon? We meed a LOT more data before sending a lander. http://www.space.com/36003-nasa-europa-clipper-mission-official-name.html 2030's may be the time frame for a lander but you''ll get a much better look at Europa in the next decade and it should be awe inspiring.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 14 March, 2017, 8:47
True, but there is also this potentialmission: Europa Lander Conceptwhich is what I thinkTroublehalf is referring to.
Comment icon #7 Posted by paperdyer on 14 March, 2017, 13:21
I'm glad NASA has a "Get to MARS by" date. Pres. Kennedy did the same thing about the Moon and NASA made it happen. Europa is good news as well.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Merc14 on 14 March, 2017, 13:28
I missed that one, thanks waspie. I hope they find a way to send a lander along.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Troublehalf on 22 March, 2017, 5:30
Yup. The flyby mission was great news in itself, but it was the potential lander that Waspie_Dwarf kindly linked for me (us) that had be excited. The dates I mentioned were based on the creation of drilling tools and submersibles being available alongside detailed information on potential landing sites (if any at all) on top of the 'worth' of doing it (obviously before the larger NASA budget, they had to count the pennies on could it be justified in the public interest etc) but hopefully this can all be sped up by the (potential) more money. I hope so. I could die a happy man with confirmation... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by paperdyer on 23 March, 2017, 12:44
I just hope the money is really there and not just stolen from some other program that's needed. The U.S. Government has been robbing Peter to pay Paul too much in recent history.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Merc14 on 23 March, 2017, 13:14
I don't think any more funding has been awarded beyond what was proposed but what this does do is guarantee NASA that money so they can plan ahead. For the last 8 years, save the last, the US has operated without a budget and has used continuing resolutions to fund the fiscal year. This made budget keeping very difficult and so getting guaranteed funding, no matter what happens in the upcoming budget, is a big deal to a department. It is good news for NASA and shows the administration is in full support our space program.
Comment icon #12 Posted by qxcontinuum on 5 April, 2017, 3:44
kudos to Trump, another good reason to be in power.


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