Astronauts Going to Mars by 2030’s

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President Barack Obama greets NASA Commercial Crew astronauts: Robert Behnken, Eric Boe, Douglas Hurley and Sunita Williams, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, and NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman, in the Map Room before White House Astronomy Night on the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 19, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

“We have set a clear goal vital to the next chapter of America’s story in space: sending humans to Mars by 2030’s and returning them safely to Earth, with the ultimate ambition to one day remain there for an extended time,” wrote U.S. President Barack Obama on a op-ed on October 11, according to nytimes.com

“One of my earliest memories is sitting on my grandfather’s shoulders, waving a flag as our astronauts returned to Hawaii,” stated President Barack Obama. This was before astronauts set foot on the Moon, before we sent rovers to Mars, according to CNN.com

President Barack Obama has set up contracts with six companies to make a habitat where astronauts can live for a decent amount of time. The White House has a joint blog post with NASA on ideas on how they can send people to Mars. NASA will be working with private companies to use their technology to better improve the habitats and to better improve the mission to Mars, stated CNN.com

President Barack Obama has had this goal to Mars since 2010. He gave a speech at Kennedy Center about the beginning of the Mars program. “I believed that people could be sent to orbit Mars by the mid 2030’s,” stated President Barack Obama, according to CNN.com

In the next 10 years, NASA officials added that testing at NASA and the White House will be testing the technology that the companies built between Earth and the Moon. NASA could finish the Mars mission by now. “But changes in the presidential administrations have generally led to re-examination and changes in NASA’s marching orders,” according to nytimes.com

If successful, this mission could lead to the uncovering of great amounts of new information, evidence, and theories. The development and execution of this project is a true moment for science, according to  CNN.com