Can the U.S. Really Get Astronauts to Mars by 2030?

Oct 14, 2016

By Kenneth Chang and Daniel Victor

In an essay published Tuesday on CNN’s website, President Obama renewed his call for American astronauts to visit Mars.

“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,” he wrote.

The plan is not new: The president laid out the same goal in 2010 during a speech at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


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3 comments on “Can the U.S. Really Get Astronauts to Mars by 2030?

  • Can the U.S. Really Get Astronauts to Mars by 2030?

    It would be very unfortunate if such an expedition was treated as a political one-upmanship stunt like the Apollo missions, and then put into limbo on a “been-there done-that” tick-box achievement, rather than as a long-term ongoing move to develop the utilisation of space resources.



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  • @ Alan4….
    Agreed; however I would also say that I’m still waiting for someone, like EMusk to build a near fully self-sustaining city under the sea. Most non-scientific types seem to not understand the extreme hazards of space travel, much less the potential toxicity of Mars itself. A city under the ocean is a goal much more achievable. It also may be one of the safest place to be in certain cases of global catastrophe. JMHO



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  • savroD #2
    Oct 23, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    @ Alan4….
    Agreed; however I would also say that I’m still waiting for someone, like EMusk to build a near fully self-sustaining city under the sea. Most non-scientific types seem to not understand the extreme hazards of space travel, much less the potential toxicity of Mars itself.

    There are more comments on the topic of Mars on this link:-

    https://www.richarddawkins.net/2016/09/musks-mars-moment-audacity-madness-brilliance-or-maybe-all-three/#li-comment-212311



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