Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Nasa admits it can't afford to land humans on mars

Nasa admits it can't afford to land humans on mars

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

Gerstenmaier also said that NASA is exploring Moon missions, including establishing a base on Earth's satellite.

Mr Gerstenmaier's admission comes just days after Vice President Mike Pence said that the United States will "usher in a new era" of American space leadership, but budget cuts for Nasa from the Trump Administration seem to have taken its toll. NASA has been in news for years now regarding its Mars mission and the future possibility of sending humans on 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. 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.

As a result, Nasa hasn't even been able to start designing the vehicles that would land on Mars or ascend from the planet's surface.

Moreover, Elon Musks's SpaceX has also set a deadline of 2018 for an unmanned Mars mission and 2025 for a named mission. "The truth is that American business is on the cutting edge of space technology", he had said.

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

"[Donald Trump and Mike Pence] like the plan we're on, they like what we're trying to do, and they want to be part of it and help us get there", he said at the time.

"If we find out that there is water on the Moon and we want to do more extensive human operations on the Moon to explore that, we have the ability with Deep Space Gateway to support an extensive Moon surface program", he added. Available on Android and IOS.

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