But Boeing and SpaceX recently made headlines for their "space race" to be the first company to land humans on Mars. For all of this to become possible, the U.S. government and NASA are working with commercial partners to build habitats in which astronauts will live. That's the title of President Barack Obama's special guest editorial on CNN this week.
The President says the best way to make this reality is the entire country, public and private, working together.
President Barack Obama renewed his call for a manned Mars mission in the 2030's, but he will leave office before it happens and neither Clinton nor Trump has laid out a space policy. He also pointed out that "Just five years ago, United States companies were shut out of the global commercial launch market". NASA will work with Boeing and SpaceX in the coming years to send astronauts to the International Space Station.
The executive order came as Obama prepared to travel to Pittsburgh for a technology conference focusing on artificial intelligence, space exploration, clean energy and precision medicine. Then, from the surface of that planet, we can do what we've always done: continue to look to the stars with a sense of wonder.
Congress has shown much more dedicated interest in NASA's plan for a manned Mars mission and recently passed a bill making it much more hard for any future president to defund a manned Mars mission.
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Humans have yet to travel to Mars, Earth's neighbor some 35 million miles (56 million km) away.
Dumbacher, who spent 30 years at NASA and helped lead the space launch system for the Orion mission, noted that NASA has been working with private vendors for years. Multiple programs involving commercial sector of space industry like Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships gave an effect in rapid development such technologies like BEAM inflatable module attached this year to ISS or progress in development of electric propulsion for deep space missions; opening LEO for commercial sector resuLTEd in creating CRS program. Six companies received awards to start developing habitation systems in response to that "NextSTEP" BAA. The idea is that these habitats would evolve into spacecraft capable of sustaining and transporting astronauts on long duration deep space missions, like a mission to Mars. And their development would be achieved through new public-private partnerships created to build on and support the progress of the growing commercial space sector in Earth orbit. "In the view of many observers, the human spaceflight program conducted by the USA government today has no strong direction and no firm timetable for accomplishments". Learn more about the six selected prototypes. And that's the second initiative we are focused on today. The private sector responded enthusiastically, and those responses indicated a strong desire by US companies to attach a commercial module to the ISS that could meet the needs of NASA as well as those of private entrepreneurs.
Limoli's work is part of NASA's Human Research Program. A vibrant user community will be key to ensuring the economic viability of future space stations.
We'll need (space) boots on the ground to do the searching machines can't. Neither will handle this vast challenge on its own.
"Make no mistake, the Journey to Mars will be challenging, but it is underway and with each one of these steps, we are pushing the boundaries of exploration and imagination", wrote Bolden and Holdren.