NASA Can't Afford its Planned Manned Mars Mission

NASA's Space Launch System

NASA's Space Launch System

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

In his address, Gerstenmaier explained that going by NASA's budget allocated to it by the U.S. government, it is simply unfeasible to launch a crew to the Red Planet.

NASA's chief of human spaceflight William Gerstenmaier said that the space agency's current budget can not afford the cost required for a manned mission to Mars. However, it turns out that the space agency is far too broke to send people to Mars, contradicting what the Trump administration recently touted.

While SpaceX founder Elon Musk in the past few months unveiled his Mars colony and spaceship plans, the country of Luxembourg has just enacted a law to allow greater freedoms to companies like Planetary Resources to mine precious minerals and metals in space.

NASA has a bold plan to reach Mars by 2030, but that doesn't mean it'll actually land on the red planet.

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But unfortunately, according to William H. Gerstenmaier, NASA's chief of human spaceflight, sending people to Mars isn't achievable on their current budget.

As Ars Technica notes, there were plenty of skeptics and naysayers who doubted that NASA even had the time or the capability to send people to Mars when the goal was announced.

Gerstenmaier's remarks came on Wednesday while he was addressing a propulsion meeting of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Manned Mars Mission Mandate Mangled? "NASA have only 40 percent of the required budget", said William Gerstenmaier. "If we want to stay focused more toward Mars we can keep that", concluded Gerstenmaier.

There's no denying that an endeavor like sending people to Mars would be a costly one and with the USA 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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