Manned mission to Mars by 2030 actually possible
A panel of experts has claimed that a manned mission to Mars could be feasible by the 2030s.
A workshop group of more than 60 individuals representing more than 30 government, industry, academic and other organizations has found that a NASA-led manned mission to Mars is feasible if the space agency's budget is restored to pre-sequestration levels.
Putting the first humans on the Red Planet would also require international cooperation and private industry support.
There is a growing consensus among the space community that a manned mission to Mars should be a priority worth working toward in the coming years, according to Chris Carberry the executive director of Explore Mars Inc., the organization that hosted the workshop with the American Astronautical Society.
Carberry told SPACE.com that to be able to make it feasible and affordable, you need a sustainable budget that is consistent, which you can predict from year to year and that doesn't get canceled in the next administration.
While Carberry said that it is possible to launch a manned mission to Mars by the 2030s under pre-sequestration budget levels, a NASA-led human mission to Mars will probably never launch under current budgetary constraints, he added.
(Posted on 15-01-2014)
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