We don't have the money to put humans on Mars

We don't have the money to put humans on Mars

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

This would make launches incredibly expensive, and landing on Mars would be out of the question.

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.

Furthermore, Gerstenmaier pointed out that the agency might be interested in a Moon exploration mission - one that is more widespread than the existing plan to construct the Deep Space Gateway in the Moon's orbit, as per Futurism.

During an American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics meeting on Wednesday, Gerstenmaier announced that the USA space agency's current budget can not afford the costs needed to send humans to planet Mars.

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Gerstenmaier comments come almost a month after Lt. Gen. Larry James, the deputy director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said the space agency had its sights set on Mars for the near future.

The agency's chief of human spaceflight, William H Gerstenmaier, says they can't afford the trip.

Cost estimates for a manned mission to Mars vary depending on the sources. "We are working on the human and rocket technologies required for the long mission". The Space Launch System, supposed to fly only once a year, would cost more than $1 billion. However, NASA recently announced that they won't be able to get humans to Mars due to their current budget.

Among those looking forward to see humans reaching Mars is President Donald Trump, who in April urged NASA to achieve its goal sooner than planned. Then, in March, that mandate became a bill which granted NASA $19.5 billion to fund humanity's first voyage to the Red Planet.

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