“We’re going to Mars”- Obama
U.S. President Barack Obama has vowed to help send people to Mars within the next 15 years – and says over 1,000 private firms will help them get there.
In an op-ed for CNN, the president revealed his goals for space exploration in the foreseeable future, including a manned mission to the red planet by the 2030s and a safe return trip to Earth, along with the ‘ultimate ambition’ of a long-term stay.
Obama said that the U.S. government would be partnering with private companies to ‘to build new habitats that can sustain and transport astronauts on long-duration missions in deep space.’
The piece precedes the White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh set to take place on Thursday, during which ‘scientists, engineers, innovators and students’ will team up to discuss future initiatives.
According to the president, there are over 1000 companies from almost every state working on private space initiatives.
‘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 wrote.
In the next two years, astronauts from private companies will be on their way to the International Space Station for the first time, he revealed.