Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Mars mission astronauts rehearse water landings

Mars mission astronauts rehearse water landings

At a meeting of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nasa's chief of human spaceflight, William Gerstenmaier, said they can no longer commit to a date.

Recent comments made by NASA's head of human spaceflight appear to show that NASA simply can't afford to land astronauts on Mars anytime soon. However, it turns out that the space agency is far too broke to send people to Mars, contradicting what the Trump administration recently touted.

NASA said it lacks the funding to conduct manned missions to Mars, reported Ars Technica. People who were looking forward to make a trip to Mars will be disappointed to know that NASA has no money to execute its plan.

During an American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics meeting on Wednesday, Gerstenmaier announced that the USA space agency's current budget can not afford the costs needed to send humans to planet Mars.

On March 21, President Donald Trump issued a mandate for the agency to get people to Mars by the 2030s, and within a week, NASA came up with a detailed plan for landing a human on the Red Planet.

Likely to landing humans on Mars will need to attract commercial space companies such as SpaceX.

At the time Lightfoot said he found that USA president Donald Trump was supportive of its goal to get humans to Mars, despite the $500m budget cut.

"Sending humans to orbit Mars is our primary mission now", James said during a speech entitled "Exploring Our World, the Solar System and the Universe" in Chennai, India. The Space Launch System, supposed to fly only once a year, would cost more than $1 billion.

There's no denying that an endeavor like sending people to Mars would be a costly one and with the United States political climate being what it is, committing resources to something that a lot of people believe is non-essential would be incredibly unpopular.

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