Experts are trying to figure out how to get to Mars by 2035. Following the explosion of the Falcon 9 rocket, which should have put a Facebook satellite into orbit, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg were not happy. NASA wasn’t either. The space station had to postpone its Mars mission to 2035.
This was the biggest setback for commercial spaceflight in recent years. For the time being, Africa will not have a quick internet connection, as the Facebook satellite which was supposed to spread Wi-Fi signal to Africa was destroyed in the explosion.
Some say that NASA wanted to land on Mars 20 years before technology allowed us to. Putting an astronaut to Mars by the year 2035 will be the first stage in colonizing space.
Michael Genest, who has been head of electrical power and expertise on flight control for the International Space Station since 1992, held a recent lecture at Brown University. There, he talked about space exploration and passion for accomplishing dreams. He also touched on government funding, which is the basic requirement of any space mission for the time being. He fears that funding will be influenced by the outcome of the presidential race.
Another point made in the lecture was that the public was always relatively skeptical of backing NASA with a big spending budget, even during the moon missions.
Genest hopes that NASA will manage to make the transition from state-funded missions to commercial space exploration. That’s the agency’s best chance at succeeding, especially if it will be faced with budget cuts or shortages.
Genest goes on to say that taking the man to Mars, exploring galaxies or establishing a moon base are achievable within our lifetimes, with the creativity of people like Musk or Zuckerberg.
A mission to Mars would be a much harder thing to achieve than the mission to the moon was. That’s because, if astronauts reach the red planet, they would have to stay there for at least some months if not years. Compared to the three days spent living and working on the moon, by Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan, Mars looks like a whole different league.
It’s all a matter of votes and funding.
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