According to NASA’s administrator, Jim Bridenstine, the upcoming human-crewed Moon mission might accelerate the mission to Mars. As per Bridenstine, we could land on the Red Planet by 2035. That would be the first human-crewed mission to Mars in the world’s history and a significant achievement for space travel.
“If we are accelerating the moon landing, we are accelerating the Mars landing. I suggest we can do it by 2035,” stated Jim Bridenstine before the International Astronautical Congress. This claim comes after the previous statement of Bridenstine that humans would reach Mars in 2033.
“We can move up the Mars landing by moving up the Moon landing to 2024. We need to learn how to live and work in another world. The Moon is the best place to prove those capabilities and technologies. The sooner we can achieve that objective, the sooner we can move on to Mars,” Jim Bridenstine continued.
NASA is hard at work on testing possible space habitats for the future Mars missions
The most challenging obstacle is the considerable distance between our planet and Mars. Accordingly, NASA has to come up with some reliable space habitats so that the astronauts can travel to the Red Planet safely.
Besides, the timing must be perfect. The distance between Mars and us considerably changes as the two planets rotate around the Sun. The closest Mars and Earth would ever be is at 33.9 million miles. However, NASA believes that the average distance is ideal – 140 million miles.
Since NASA launched a lot of probes on Mars, the US space agency has already made an idea of how long such a journey would be. Usually, such a human-crewed trip to Mars would last between a little more than four months and six months. Even so, the astronauts must travel safely, so the scientists still need to work hard to find out reliable solutions.
Now, as Donald Trump asked NASA to accelerate the human-crewed Moon mission by four years, we could land on Mars by 2035, as Jim Bridenstine recently stated.