NASA plans to have boots on Mars in 2040
Watch out, Mars! Earthlings plan to put their boots all over you by 2040 and we just might have the funding to do that for a change. Just please no demons give access to hell.
NASA’s recent State Address revealed its plan to bring real humans back to the stars and explore space. This is backed by a White House budget request for $26 billion in 2023 to help fund various exploration programs.
“Our goal is to apply what we’ve learned from living and operating on the moon and then continuing into the solar system. Our plan is for humans to walk on Mars by 2040,” the administrator said. the agency, Bill Nelson, during the presentation.
The first step is to work towards Artemis Lunar Missions, which NASA says will see the first woman and person of color on the moon. Of the the plan is to build an Artemis base camp to facilitate exploration and research on the surface of the moon, as well as an orbiting spacecraft gateway.
In 2024, we should see a crew of astronauts return to orbit, and then another land on the moon by 2026 to continue their research. From there, NASA has detailed plans until around 2027, where more landings are planned as part of the Artemis lunar missions in the years to come. All of this will likely be done with other partners like SpaceX, and what we learn there will contribute to NASA’s goals of getting people to Mars over the next two decades.
The budget will also be allocated to areas that are not always immediately thought of when it comes to space exploration. While approximately $822 million is earmarked for the return of soil samples from Mars and $480 million is spent on robotic exploration of the moon, $500 million is intended to help develop research strategies. more environmentally friendly aviation. Some are also likely meant for launching spaceships onto rocks, as the fun isn’t just for Kerbals.
Exploration of Mars is currently underway undertaken by robots like the Perseverance Rover and the Ingenuity helicopter. This gives scientists here on Earth the chance to do as much research as possible before sending our aliens to another planet. For now, get your space fix by checking out what the Hubble Telescope was looking at on your birthday.