Mars and Moon Missions Have Bold Future, Says NASA Chief

Steven Burnett
Steven Burnett

Updated · Nov 15, 2018

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In the past few years, NASA has been changing its objectives regarding space exploration. There were recent announcements that NASA will now be focusing on lunar missions. Now, however, Jim Bridenstine, the chief of NASA, says that the agency believes both Martian and Lunar missions to hold equal potential. It is likely to find both lunar and Martian missions from the agency in the upcoming years. Jim Bridenstine was talking at an event where he not only celebrated the season 2 of the series ‘Mars’ and discussed the space agency’s plans to deal with the Earth’s Satellite and the Red Planet.

“We’re going to the moon not because the moon is the end game. We’re going to the moon because there’s science to be discovered there, there’s risks to be retired, there’s technologies to be developed, and there’s human physiology that needs to be understood. And when all of this is complete, the idea is that [traveling to the moon] is the best way, as a proving ground, to develop everything that needs to be developed so that we can get to Mars,” said the chief while addressing a group of journalists, space enthusiasts and the public present at the event.

The Chief believes that the exploration to Moon will have positive impact on the endeavours taken towards exploring the Red Planet. More importantly, scientific research in the past months have been quite positive regarding a potential Mars visit. Quite coincidentally, it has been the same six months after Jim Bridenstine was appointed as the chief of the agency. During the talk, Bridenstine also made references to the InSight Lander, which has been designed to study the inner nature of the Red Planet and decide whether it is capable of hosting life, even at an instance of Martian colonization.

Steven Burnett

Steven Burnett

Steven Burnett has over 15 years of experience spanning a wide range of industries and domains. He has a flair for collating statistical data through extensive research practices, and is well-versed in generating industry-specific reports that enables his clients to better comprehend a market’s landscape and aid in making well-informed decisions. His hobbies include playing football and the guitar.