Social Media Sidebar

Announcement

Please sign up, comment on articles and bring your friends!

Current poll

PlanetTech is asking:

What do you think about our new web site?

Love it, indeed
Really good solution
Same as old one
The old one was better
This is a new option

Quote of the day

People say we're running out of energy. That's only true if we stick with these old 19th century technologies. We are awash in energy from sunlight.

 

Ray Kurzweil

 

US to work with private firms on Mars plan

RATE THIS! +24
Posted in Science on 12th Oct, 2016 07:25 AM by AlexMuller

President Barack Obama says the US will work with private companies on its plan to send humans to Mars in the 2030s. President Obama announced his proposals for a crewed mission to the Red Planet in 2010. But Nasa's plan to realise this presidential vision has been broadly criticised, particularly by Congress.

 

In an article, President Obama pledged to work with private companies to "to build new habitats that can sustain and transport astronauts". "We have set a clear goal vital to the next chapter of America's story in space: sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and returning them safely to Earth, with the ultimate ambition to one day remain there for an extended time," Obama said in an opinion piece for CNN.
 
The comments are not entirely surprising: Nasa is already working closely with the private sector to resupply the International Space Station. And many private space firms - particularly SpaceX, whose Dragon capsule delivers cargo to the ISS - have made no secret of their ambitions to explore Mars.
 
Last month, Elon Musk, who founded SpaceX, outlined his proposal for a permanent base on Earth's smaller, colder neighbour.
 
Reaction to this plan was mixed: some space experts criticised the plan as unrealistic, while others praised Mr Musk for outlining a detailed - and audacious - architecture for getting to Mars.
 
The absence of detail is something that has cropped up as a recurrent criticism of Nasa's own initiative, named "Journey to Mars" - a response to the Red Planet vision announced by President Obama six years ago.
 
Earlier this year, members of Congress and expert witnesses claimed the US space agency lacked a clear road map for Mars and that the plan needed achievable milestones to succeed.
 
However, this has apparently not dented President Obama's enthusiasm for expeditions to the Red Planet.
 
In his opinion piece, he said: "We have set a clear goal vital to the next chapter of America's story in space: sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and returning them safely to Earth, with the ultimate ambition to one day remain there for an extended time.
 
"Getting to Mars will require continued cooperation between government and private innovators, and we're already well on our way."
 
He said that he would be convening leading scientists, engineers and innovators in Pittsburgh this week to "dream up ways to build on our progress and find the next frontiers".

Tags: MarsspaceSpaceXElon MuskMars colonyplanetNASA

Read original article » Back to category

Comments



 

Recent headlines

  • Posted in Business on 2017-10-19 01:17:17
    Bots are transforming personal banking around the world..read more
    Posted in Business on 2017-10-19 01:12:16
    Hardware isn’t enough, content is key to mainstream VR.....read more
    Posted in Hardware on 2017-10-18 00:24:23
    Puerto Rico hurricane shows islands must have renewable.....read more
    Posted in Science on 2017-10-18 00:13:22
    China is betting big on AI..read more
    Posted in Online on 2017-10-18 00:02:28
    Has your browser been hijacked to mine cryptocurrency?..read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-10 01:33
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-20 07:17
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Software on 2013-10-20 06:43
Pirate Bay Browser Clocks 1,000,000 Downloads..read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-10 02:10
Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into new.....read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-14 03:13
Endothelial Cells Can Repair and Regenerate Organs,.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Staring at Your Phone Could Be Making You Short Sighted..read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to mobile, but.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target mitochondria..read more

Recent Blog Posts

  • Posted by AlexMuller
    Scientists probe Neptune's depths to reveal secrets of icy.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    New terahertz imaging approach could speed up skin cancer.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Rebutting the claim that antidepressants do not work..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Artificial neural networks decode brain activity during.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Four Earth-sized planets detected orbiting the nearest.....read more

Login to your Account

Login to your PlanetTech Account here

Username:
Password:
Remember me
or

Create a New Account

You just need username and password

The following errors occured:
Username:
Email:
Password:
Verify password:
Remember me