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NASA doesn't have the money to land humans on Mars

From Engadget - July 13, 2017

"I ca not put a date on humans on Mars, and the reason really is . . . at the budget levels we described, this roughly 2 percent increase, we do not have the surface systems available for Mars," said Gerstenmaier at a meeting of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics today. In other words, we might be able to get to Mars orbit, but developing entry, descent and landing technology is beyond NASA's current budget constraints.

What happens next is dependent on NASA's funding; Gerstenmaier expressed interest in a possible moon exploration mission. The current official NASA plan is to build a Deep Space Gateway in orbit of the moon and use it as a launching pad for further exploration of the solar system. It's possible, though, for the gateway "to support an extensive moon surface program," Gerstenmaier continued.

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