Jim Bridenstine, NASA chief, has doubled down on his claim that the space agency will be able to land people on Mars within the 2030s, going as far as to say the middle of that decade might even do it.
“If we’re accelerating the moon landing, we’re accelerating the Mars landing,” Bridenstine, NASA’s Administrator, stated throughout a panel discussion on the International Astronautical Congress, based on Space.com.
“I recommend we will do it by 2035,” he added.
In April, Bridenstine stated before lawmakers that NASA astronauts might be on the red planet by 2033, pushing up the timeframe, the news channel previously reported.
Vice President Mike Pence additionally spoke on the IAC and mentioned that NASA’s Artemis program, which goals to return astronauts to the moon by 2024, is a stepping stone for an eventual mission to Mars.
Indeed, Mars appears ever significant in America’s space future. NASA announced In November 2018 that it had selected the location where its Mars 2020 Rover will land on the red planet. The rover is anticipated to reach the Mars surface on Feb. 18, 2021.
Although Bridenstine and NASA’s long-term purpose are to send a man-crewed mission to Mars within 2030, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin thinks that a somewhat later target date of 2040 is more realistic.
In an interview in the 2016 year, Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon surface, informed the news channel that by 2040, astronauts could visit Mars’ moon Phobos, which might serve as a stepping stone to the red planet.
Aldrin said in July that he was “disappointed” with the progress America’s space program has made over the past 50 years while on the White House in July to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.