NASA Doesn't Have the Money to Land Humans on Mars

Joan Terry
July 14, 2017

Manned Mars Mission Mandate Mangled?

Shortage of funds, said Deputy NASA administrator on issues of manned space operations William Gerstenmaier.

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. As a result, NASA hasn't even been able to begin designing vehicles to land on Mars or ascend from the surface.

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. Now the launch, descent and landing on Mars is a huge problem for us.

In March, the U.S. Congress passed a bill that urges the U.S. space agency to send humans to planet Mars by 2033.

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Fortunately, NASA isn't our only hope when it comes to a manned Mars mission - one of their contractors, SpaceX, is planning one.

Gerstenmaier says it'll be more than just a gateway for further space exploration but could "support an extensive moon surface program". However, a NASA official saying publicly that the administration can't afford such a mission is to be taken seriously. Earlier this year, Pascal Lee, of Mars Institute, a non-governmental organization whose goal is to advance the scientific study and exploration of Mars, estimated that the mission could cost up to $1 trillion over a course of 25 years.

Elon Musk's SpaceX has the financial clout to reach Earth's next door neighbour and is aiming to get people to the Red Planet by around 2030, with the first people there being tasked with beginning to build a new civilisation.

All these companies are now trying to develop a reusable rocket booster to limit the cost of space travel.

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