Mark the calendar: NASA aims to land astronauts on Mars in just 17 years. US space agency hopes to get humanity to the Red Planet by 2040maximum.
An early estimate of what the experts were saying was given by NASA director Bill Nelson. But the representative of the US agency knows that there are many more obstacles to reach the neighboring planet than, for example, to the Moon.
Our natural satellite first had a man in 1969. NASA is already working on a comeback after more than 50 years. It’s easier to get there with a 3 or 4 day trip.
But for Mars the path is longer and takes up to 8 months. Also, early explorers must wait for realignment with Earth, which can take up to 2 years to come back.
“The challenge is not just the travel time, but also the logistical complexity of getting back to Earth. It takes careful planning and advanced technology,” Nelson explained.
Nelson’s vision, though advanced, is more realistic than Elon Musk’s, for example. The tech boss who owns SpaceX wanted to go to the next planet by the end of this decade.
However, the desire is unlikely. While we await the return, Mars has issues of safety, fuel, food, and even life. Musk himself even revealed that the first crew members would not survive.
But if NASA’s prediction is correct, You can’t think 2040 is so far away. It is worth remembering that the year is closer than the release of ‘Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith’, which took place in 2005.
Source: Tec Mundo
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