It looks like President Obama plans on putting a man on Mars by the time the year 2030 arrives. And to achieve this goal, Obama says that NASA and private companies have to work together as a team.
President Obama has always had fond memories of seeing American astronauts returning to Hawaii. This was before a man landed on the moon, or the Mars Rover landed on the Red Planet.
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Even the ISS was non-existent way back then. The current president had a keen interest in such matters since it signified the American Spirit of exploration, enterprise and curiosity not to mention creativity. To go where no man has gone before was the ultimate goal.
The race for space was something the United States excelled in right from the start. President Obama paid special attention to the NASA space missions after he was came to office.
Thanks to the president’s initiative, the innovation and advancement really took off at NASA. The discovery of water on Mars and ice on Jupiter’s moon were two of the key discoveries made during President Obama’s stint as the head of state. Also measures to counter any future asteroids from colliding with the earth are overseen by NASA.
The next step for NASA and many other space agencies especially Elon Musk’s SpaceX is to send astronauts on Mars. In fact, nothing short of the colonization of the Red Planet lies on the agenda for the United States.
To go beyond the ambit of earth and its satellite will be quite a thrill. Mars has always had a grip on the popular imagination with tales of alien Martians rife in the popular media.
“We have set a clear goal vital to the next chapter of America’s story in space: sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and returning them safely to Earth, with the ultimate ambition to one day remain there for an extended time,” Obama wrote in his op-ed published Tuesday on CNN’s website.
Actually President Obama revealed a vision to CNN for the future of space exploration. President Obama has also said that he wants to be able to hoist his grandchildren on his shoulders one day in the future to view astronauts returning from Mars. That will be the day.
Meanwhile, the administrator of NASA, Charles Bolden, also wrote a blog post on Tuesday on NASA website. He spoke of how besides what the POTUS said regarding this whole Mars initiative, a conference will be held soon.
In this meeting, all sorts of experts and scientists will put two and two together in order to devise ways of conquering space which is the final frontier.
He also said that under President Obama’s leadership, NASA was given an incentive to build better technology and spacecraft all the better to be able to reach Mars. The work going on aboard the ISS was crucial since it formed the heart and soul of NASA’s space ethic.
Finally, deep space missions will be a possibility soon enough thanks to the hard work and dedicated efforts of scientists, researchers and experts alike.