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NASA finally admits it has no money to land on Mars

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Velma Reese | 15 July, 2017, 10:01

Mars has always been touted as humanity's next step, but any plans may be scuppered after a senior official revealed tightened purse strings of the space agency may put a halt to the ambitious plans.

Way back in 1997 the world saw Missions to Mars was a failure by NASA, which tried sixteen times to land spacecraft on the planet since 1970 and only seven were successful.

NASA opened about on the topic in a meet of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronauts which was held on July 12. Now, the only hope of humanity becoming a multi-planet species is SpaceX, which does have money. "And that entry, descent and landing is a huge challenge for us for Mars". However, it turns out that the space agency is far too broke to send people to Mars, contradicting what the Trump administration recently touted. It is intended for flight with NASA's new SLS or Space Launch System, the most powerful rocket the agency says it has ever built. As a result, NASA has not been able to begin deigning vehicles to land on Mars or ascend the surface, according to the report. "If we want to stay focused more toward Mars we can keep that".

'Nice remembers': Tributes flood Twitter to mark anniversary of terror attack
A group representing the families of victims had complained that the magazine was being insensitive for "morbid sensationalism". Children were among the dozens killed before police fatally shot the driver.

Meanwhile, Gerstenmaier was more welcome to the idea of NASA contributing to the establishment of a lunar base.

"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", Mr Gerstenmaier continued.

It is timely however that given recent developments, it would appear that private space companies are likely to play a key role - if not shape - the future of space exploration. 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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