NASA Puts Mars Tourism On Hold!
July 17, 2017
NASA’s chief of human spaceflight, William H. Gerstenmaier, just announced that the agency can’t afford to get humans to Mars.
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
During a propulsion meeting of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics on July 12th, 2017, NASA’s chief of human spaceflight, William H. Gerstenmaier said that the SLS rocket and Orion craft have cost the agency a lot. As a result, NASA hasn’t even been able to begin designing vehicles to land on Mars or ascend from the surface. Agencies like NASA are really at the mercy of political moods and budgetary restraints, so they need to do as much as they can with what resources are there.
OTHER MARS PROJECT
Elon Musk had announced about its SpaceX Mars mission in September at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Australia. For now, though, SpaceX has set a deadline of 2018 for an unmanned Mars mission and 2025 for a manned mission. Both Boeing and Blue Origin are also planning to put humans on Mars.