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Oops! NASA Can't Put Humans On Mars Due To Low Funds

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| July 16 , 2017 , 10:40 IST

One of the leading space agencies of the world, America's NASA has withdrawn its earlier plan to send humans to Mars by the 2030s, citing low funds for the mission. Although NASA has made exploration of the red planet a focus for several of its unmanned missions, the cost of sending people adds on significantly to the expenditure of a space mission.  

William Gerstenmaier, head of NASA's program on human exploration of space said that with its current budget, the agency cannot afford the cost of sending a manned spacecraft to Mars.

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“At the budget levels we’ve described—it’s roughly a 2 percent increase—we don’t have the surface systems available for Mars. That entry, descent, and landing is a huge challenge for us for Mars,” Gerstenmaier said to media.

In the past, NASA has landed several unmanned exploratory vehicles on Mars, including the Curiosity rover which will soon be completing 5-years on the planet.

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According to Gerstenmaier, a manned mission to Mars would weigh around twenty times what previous rovers have weighed, making it an expensive venture. Currently, NASA has been allotted a budget of $19.5 billion for the year 2017, which is less than 0.5 percent of the overall federal budget.

However, even if NASA is not able to send a man to Mars, other organisations might. Private organisations such as the Dutch-Swiss 'Mars One' is aiming to establish a settlement on Mars. SpaceX also aims to send humans to Mars by the 2020s.