NASA lately explains it won’t be possible for them to land humans on Mars in the 2030s. Officially the agency’s Journey to Mars is dead and William H. Gerstenmaier, its associate administrator for human exploration, reveals there is no fund for a crewed Mars mission.
The administrator added NASA does not know now how to land such heavy spacecraft that can carry humans on the Red Planet.
He further continued NASA does not have the surface systems and landing on the Mars soil is a huge challenge.
It is not to forget the Mars mission was a huge failure in 1997. Since 1970 there were sixteen attempts of spacecraft landings and only seven were successful.
Earlier this year in April NASA transition team member and CU astrophysics professor Jack Burns said, “I think it’s going to be a bit longer than the 2030s before we can land astronauts safely.”
He added the atmosphere on the Red Planet is highly bad for landing spacecraft.
The space agency used parachutes too for landing spacecraft on Mars and the Opportunity rover followed such pattern. However, the so-called “sky crane” became more sophisticated landing and Curiosity rover landed with such technique.
SpaceX too is working on landing a human spacecraft on the Martian surface. Founded in 2002, the company claims to enable people live on Mars. It is the only institution to have landed an orbitak class rocket after launch.
However, the biggest question still arises where SpaceX would be able to land humans on Mars.