NASA has just admitted something that should greatly concern anyone hoping that we will one day land mankind on Mars.
The head of NASA has just admitted something that is likely to greatly disappoint anyone hoping that we’ll start a colony on Mars in the next few decades. NASA’s chief of human spacefligth William H. Gerstenmaier acknowledged that the agency couldn’t put a date on missions to the Red Planet because they don’t even have the funding to make it happen.
Gerstenmaier’s stunning admission comes just a few days after Vice President Mike Pence hailed the new Trump Administration budget as a sign that they were ushering in a “new era” of ledearship in space, including a return to the moon and a manned mission to Mars.
“I can’t put a date on humans on Mars, and the reason really is that at the budget levels we described, this roughly 2 percent increase, we don’t have the surface systems available for Mars,” said NASA’s William H. Gerstenmaier according to the Daily Mail. “The entry, descent and landing is a huge challenge for us for Mars. We think an unfuelled mars asset vehicle would weigh around 20 tons, that’s a 20 fold increase on a rover.”