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President Obama maintains Mars as NASA’s focus

NASA's Journey to Mars was reaffirmed in an op/ed piece issued by President Obama on Oct. 11, 2016. Image credit: NASA

NASA’s Journey to Mars was reaffirmed in an op/ed piece issued by President Obama on Oct. 11, 2016. Image credit: NASA

In an opinion piece written for CNN Oct. 11, 2016, President Barack Obama reiterated his support for NASA’s Journey to Mars. Under current plans, the U.S. space agency hopes to send astronauts to the Red Planet in the next 15–20 years.

“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.”

Indeed, the President had initially outlined a plan for the space agency in 2010, directing NASA to build a new heavy-lift rocket, designed to carry crew to Mars in the mid-2030s. As such, today’s announcement from Obama wasn’t particularly noteworthy in its content; however, it did serve to reaffirm the President’s vision for the nation’s space program.

Read more in my full piece at SpaceFlight Insider.

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