For five years, the U.S. space agency has been talking about how likely a Mars mission is with today’s technology. On top of that, scientists chose even a deadline for such a dauntless space journey somewhere in the 2030s. The institution has already done some important steps towards this direction. They built the Space Launch System which would launch the Orion spaceship. However, after so many efforts, NASA finally admitted that they don’t have the necessary funds to make this project come true.
NASA Used to Deny Any Rumor or Report Regarding Their Financial Situation
Over the past years, NASA was on a rampage to deny any rumor that might have put their Mars mission in jeopardy. For instance, the National Research Council released a report according to which the agency had too many goals for one purpose yet too low a budget. NASA’s reply was that it had already given green light to the Journey to Mars project.
However, the agency reached a point where it had to admit the reality. NASA no longer has the necessary funds to achieve all its dreams. On Wednesday, NASA’s chief of human spaceflight delivered the news during the meeting of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
The Agency Announced that There Would Be No Additional Support to Have Necessary Funds for a Manned Mars Mission
At this event, NASA’s William H. Gerstenmaier had to confront the question on the exact date when humans would land on the Red Planet. The chief explained that the agency has no hope to receive extra monetary resources. Therefore, the funds will be limited to what they have now plus a possible inflation of 2%. As it is, this scientific department has no viable financial platform to accomplish such ambitions.
The Space Launch System and Oberon spacecraft demanded extensive finances to come to completion. Therefore, the remaining budget doesn’t have the potential anymore to address the need for additional vehicles to perform a Mars landing.
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