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Obama aims to send humans to Mars by 2030s

By T.K. Randall
October 12, 2016 · Comment icon 25 comments

NASA has been working towards a mission to Mars for years. Image Credit: NASA
The US President has reiterated his efforts to send humans to the Red Planet within the coming decades.
In an op-ed article published by CNN on Tuesday, Obama attempted to reinvigorate his earlier calls for progress towards a manned mission to Mars by drawing attention to six government contracts awarded to companies that will develop prototype habitation modules for use in deep space.

One of these, an inflatable room, has already been tested out on the International Space Station.

"These missions will teach us how humans can live far from Earth, something we'll need for the long journey to Mars," he wrote.
The President also outlined the fact that, within the next few years, private companies such as SpaceX and Boeing will be developing spacecraft capable of carrying US astronauts in to space, thus ending their current reliance on the Russian Soyuz.

While the article has helped to focus attention back towards what NASA has called its 'Journey to Mars', Obama's comments have ultimately revealed little in the way of new information.

"There's nothing big here at all, unless you haven't been paying attention," said former space policy chief John Logsdon of George Washington University.

"It's a refocusing of the fact that he set these goals and NASA has been pursuing them."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (25)

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Comment icon #16 Posted by third_eye 7 years ago
Mayhaps the condition of Space Brain may be contagious ... ~
Comment icon #17 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
Obama is not sending anyone anywhere as he'll not be in charge.  Who knows what Hilary or "The Donald" will do.  And based on what's been going on can we have a viable third choice?
Comment icon #18 Posted by danielost 7 years ago
they won't be in charge in 2030.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 7 years ago
Kennedy wasn't in charge in 1969, it was still his plans to land a man on the Moon that were carried out.
Comment icon #20 Posted by danielost 7 years ago
yes, and they barely made the deadline he set.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Habitat 7 years ago
And how arbitrary that deadline was. And dare I say it, without von Braun, probably does not happen. 400,000 people worked on that, anyone who believes some stripped down, economy conscious manned Mars mission is going to work,  has rocks, possibly moon rocks, in their head. Optimism is good, realism is better. Unmanned exploration is the only thing that makes sense for now, what exactly did sending men to the moon achieve, that unmanned lunar exploration, could not ? Not enough to justify the expense, I'd say.
Comment icon #22 Posted by danielost 7 years ago
it proved man can survive in space.  think of all the tech we got from it.  like the mri.  which we would not have without the space program.
Comment icon #23 Posted by josellama2000 7 years ago
Every once in a while, you hear an idiot (i mean an educated idiot) taking about a great enterprise with a time frame based on his/her own life expectancy, and not based in facts or projections.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Grand Moff Tarkin 7 years ago
Well, that doesn't necessarily mean that it's guaranteed that any successive administration will continue the policy, does it? One of the first things Pres. O himself did was cancel the existing programs for manned launch vehicles. Apollo was a unique case since it was a prestige project. LBJ may have been creepy, but he understood the importance of carrying it on, and Nixon came into office far too late to cancel if he'd wanted to. Yes, the first manned mission to Mars might be a project of equal significance, but Governments now are never able to see beyond the next election and they can't b... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by Grand Moff Tarkin 7 years ago
It's the symbolism. the symbolism was very very important. And even now, humans can do a whole lot more than either robots, programmed to carry out specific actions, or remotely controlled, with all the time lag that involves, couldn't; react to situations, see something and think "hmm, that might be worth a look", that a camera on a robot might not pick up, and so on. 

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