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NASA Is Broke, Mars Mission Is Impossible

NASA Is Broke, Mars Mission Is Impossible

Nasa has previously promised to get humans on Mars in the 2030s.

Mars has always been touted as humanity's next step, but any plans may be scuppered after a senior official revealed tightened purse strings of the space agency may put a halt to the ambitious plans.

Over the past few years, the American space agency has been talking about its plans to send a manned mission to the Red Planet.

He added there's just about two percent increase in the budget levels and they now lack surface systems for Mars as landing on the Martian soil is a huge challenge.

NASA's chief of human spaceflight, William H. Gerstenmaier said during a propulsion meeting of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics on Wednesday, "I can't put a date on humans on Mars, and the reason really is the other piece is, at the budget levels we described, this roughly 2 percent increase, we don't have the surface systems available for Mars". However, NASA's further moves would only depend upon funding because Mars landing would cost more due to the large expandable rocket approach that requires five or more launches per person, reports Arstechnica.




Fortunately, NASA isn't our only hope when it comes to a manned Mars mission - one of their contractors, SpaceX, is planning one. SpaceX founder Elon Mask has even announced plans to make human colonies on Mars aims to send humans to the red planet in 2025.

Earlier, Vice President Mike Pence had hinted on "commercial space"-a kind of contracting NASA used to fund its commercial cargo and crew programs".

However, Gerstenmaier, opened the door to the possibility of landing humans on Moon again as NASA has the "support to extensive Moon surface program".

As a USA government organization funded by the taxpayers, one would think that NASA is one of the most well-funded bodies in the world.