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US President Barack Obama says he is aiming to send US astronauts into Mars orbit in the mid-2030s as he sought to quell protests over his earlier space policies.
"By 2025 we expect new spacecraft designed for long journeys to allow us to begin the first ever crew missions beyond the moon into deep space," Obama told an audience at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
"So, we'll start by sending astronauts to an asteroid for the first time in history. By the mid-2030s, I believe we can send humans to orbit Mars and return them safely to earth, and a landing on Mars will follow."
Originally posted by jibeho
reply to post by Maybe...maybe not
I have two friends that work for NASA Glenn Research Center and your statement just about sums up the agenda of this President. They essentially feel the same way. They are always on the look out for a pink slip.
Obama yet again tells people what they want to hear.
Originally posted by jpvskyfreak
Sounds like a lot of back peddling from Obama .... In the spirit of the human race, technology and exploration it's essential that we push ourselves to go farther than we've ever gone before to continue the growth of human achievement.
Originally posted by Truth1000
This is pure political hogwash. By choosing such a long time away, other Presidents will have to deal with the plans, and they will certainly cancel this. In the mean time, he "appears" to support NASA.