We Are Going: NASA Announces Plans to Put a Man on Mars Within 20-Years

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More than 45 years since we last set foot on the Moon, the president has renewed the nation’s focus on expanding humanity’s presence beyond Earth. Space Policy Directive-1 provides the direction for NASA to organize more effectively government, commercial and international efforts to develop a permanent presence off Earth that generates new markets and opportunities, both scientific and economic.

“ President Donald Trump has asked NASA to accelerate our plans to return to the Moon and to land humans on the surface again by 2024. We will go with innovative new technologies and systems to explore more locations across the surface than was ever thought possible. This time, when we go to the Moon, we will stay. And then we will use what we learn on the Moon to take the next giant leap – sending astronauts to Mars” —NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine

The Artemis program will lay the groundwork for a sustainable infrastructure to support missions to Mars and beyond. This is what we’re building and this is what we’re training for. Artemis was the twin sister of Apollo and goddess of the Moon in Greek mythology. Now, she personifies our path to the Moon as the name of NASA’s program to return astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024, including the first woman and the next man. When they land, our American astronauts will step foot where no human has ever been before: the Moon’s South Pole.

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NASA’s Mars timeline. Credit: NASA

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