NASA won't be taking humans to Mars anymore

NASA won't be taking humans to Mars anymore

NASA won't be taking humans to Mars anymore

Mr Gerstenmaier's admission comes just days after Vice President Mike Pence said that the U.S. will "usher in a new era" of American space leadership, but budget cuts for Nasa from the Trump Administration seem to have taken its toll. Because of this expense, NASA has had to postpone designing the vehicles that would land on Mars.

On July 12, during a propulsion meeting of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, NASA's William Gerstenmaier, the agency's chief of human spaceflight, said the funds just are not there for a mission.

For the 2017 fiscal year, NASA has a budget of $19.5 billion, a figure that many scientists have cried is inadequate.

The cost of a manned mission to Mars has varied greatly in recent years.

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"The entry, descent and landing is a huge challenge for us for Mars".

National space Agency lacks the money for landing on the surface of Mars.

Gerstenmaier also said that NASA is exploring Moon missions, including establishing a base on Earth's satellite.

While not citing what exactly has driven such monetary constraints, it would appear to be linked to NASA's planned launch and delivery system - the Space Launch System and Orion capsule - that were recently shown to cost far more per launch than the space agency is comfortable with at $1bn.

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NASA has always wanted to send humans to Mars.

"If we find out there's water on the Moon, and we want to do more extensive operations on the Moon to go explore that, we have the ability with Deep Space Gateway to support an extensive Moon surface program".

"NASA is in the middle of building the rocket and testing its components", he said of the technology, called the Space Launch System, or SLS. Earlier this month, SpaceX founder Elon Musk indicated that his SpaceX might come up with an update about its Mars mission in September during the International Astronautical Congress in Australia.

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