2010-04-16 04:14:58 (GMT) (WiredPRNews.com - News, Technology)
The President declared on Thursday that he expected to see an expedition to Mars in his lifetime.
Florida (WiredPRNews.com) – President Barack Obama declared on Thursday that he expected to see an expedition to Mars in his lifetime. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the president spoke at the Kennedy Space Center regarding his new space exploration plans.
Obama is quoted by the AP as stating that a new spacecraft would be developed by 2025 that is “designed for long journeys to allow us to begin the first-ever crewed missions beyond the moon into deep space.”
Obama is further quoted in the report as stating, “We’ll start by sending astronauts to an asteroid for the first time in history… By the mid-2030s, I believe we can send humans to orbit Mars and return them safely to Earth. And a landing on Mars will follow. And I expect to be around to see it.”