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The president announced Tuesday that the U.S. is partnering with private firms with the goal of "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." "This week, we'll convene some of America's leading scientists, engineers, innovators and students in Pittsburgh to dream up ways to build on our progress and find the next frontiers," Obama wrote in a CNN op-ed announcing his plans. The public-private partnerships will come together at the White House Frontiers Conference, a science and technology convention co-hosted with the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Obama will go to the conference on Thursday. Obama has long made space exploration a priority of his administration. He first challenged NASA to send American astronauts to Mars in a 2010 speech at the Kennedy Space Center. "I expect to be around to see it," he said at the time. Since then, NASA has laid the groundwork for deep space missions, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday.
originally posted by: AdmireTheDistance
This is a step in the right direction at least. It's nice to see us at least talking about doing something worthwhile again, for a change.
That being said, some significant technological advances will have to be made in order for us to not only put people on Mars, but be able to return them as well.
originally posted by: lostbook
3D and even 4D printing will be huge for the colonists. Dare I say Yuge!!!
originally posted by: Azureblue
a reply to: lostbook
If readers read the Project Camelot forum they would learn that it seems the US and their partners, whoever they are, have been on Mars for 20 years or so anyway.
Phil Schneider said milit-tree techology went ahead 20 years for every year of civilian technology.
originally posted by: projectvxn
Finally something President Obama and I agree on.
I just wish he had taken this initiative earlier in his term. If nothing else, the advancement of space travel could have been the keystone of his presidency. Regardless, this initiative is a positive for him and something I hope he's proud of.