Plans to explore planet Mars by NASA are underway, a mission that has led to the posting of stunning imaginary astronauts carrying out the exploration mission. Besides this, the agency is considering to set aside a space station that shall lead the astronauts to the Red Planet. The mission is expected to take place in the 2030’s as outlined in NASA’s 2010 Authorization Act and the U.S. National Space Policy.
But will NASA achieve this all by itself and what strategies has it put in place to accomplish these long awaited missions?
According to Dava Newman, NASA’s deputy administrator, there is a lot of work that needs accomplishment and will lead to the development of the required capabilities for the journey to Mars. Newman further expounded by stating that NASA intends to make full utilization of the International Space Station. This will be achieved by empowering the commercial sector to ensure the induction of cargo from the US and at a later stage, astronauts from America.
NASA is also on course to build and work on a low-earth orbit onboard that will facilitate life and work in space for the extended period. How strong the agency financially given that it is working on a strained budget? Newman explained that the Agency is already in partnership with some nations on robotic missions to Mars and the International Space Station.
However, this may not be enough hence it is still seeking partnerships with other countries. And to curb the potentiality of a financial crisis later on, NASA has received bi-partisan support.
Meanwhile, the Space Agency has received positive accolades for taking its stride to foster younger generation. After posting a photo blog detailing how he wants to be a reporter like his father, a young boy has had the pleasure of an interview following a reply to the post by NASA.
In his post, the boy stated that if he were a reporter, he would probably write about NASA’s launch of a new rocket into space. The post has since gone viral even though the father and the son are yet to be identified.