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article imageNASA: Our future depends on landing on Mars, expect it by 2034

By Kev Hedges     Apr 26, 2014 in Science
NASA has revealed new details of its plan to send manned missions to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars by 2034. The space agency was recently allowed to make plans to redirect an asteroid into the moon's orbit and land a manned mission on it.
When the manned mission lands on the asteroid, a team will be used as a test station on the way to landing on Mars. A deep-space rocket is already being built with a capsule and the vital infrastructure are all being designed somewhere in an aerospace factory near you.
The landing on the asteroid will be seen as a stepping stone to landing on Mars. A NASA statement, reported in the Mail UK, said:
Our next step is deep space, where NASA will send a robotic mission to capture and redirect an asteroid to orbit the moon. Astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft will explore the asteroid in the 2020s, returning to Earth with samples.
This experience in human space flight beyond low-Earth orbit will help NASA test new systems and capabilities, such as Solar Electric Propulsion, which we’ll need to send cargo as part of human missions to Mars.
One of NASA's chief administrators Charles F. Bolden recently said in Time Magazine that unless mankind becomes a multi-planet society, it could spell the end of humanity. However, most of the general public do think this is possible. Some 75 percent, in a poll sponsored by Boeing and Explore Mars, believe that people (not just astronauts) will land on the moon by 2033.
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