The National Aeronautics And Space Administration (NASA’s) recommended budget models toward a future when humans will possibly set their foot on Mars. And in the meantime, it becomes the next big step toward bringing back a little piece of the Red Planet back to Earth.
NASA Director Jim Bridenstine on Monday announced a $25.2-billion project that would carry astronauts back to the moon by 2024 as part of the space agency’s Artemis plans and finally, prepare for a crewed mission to the Red Planet.
The White House’s budget call for NASA allocates more than $3.3 billion for a lunar landing mode for people — the first primary funding for such a way since the Apollo missions of the 1960s and 70s.
The budget for the 2021 fiscal year would also contribute nearly $2.7 billion for worldly science, including $233 million to improve the Mars Sample Return mission. That indicates the official growing light for a long-awaited attempt to assemble specimens of Martian rocks and soil and convey them back to Earth for review.
The Mars 2020 rover, established for launch this summer, carries tools to seal the individuals in small tubes and leave them in the region of Jezero Crater until a more little rover from the Mars Sample Return mission turns by to pick them up and give them over to a lander. Then the lender will carry them into a rocket, which will explode off the Martian surface.
If victorious, the mission would transfer out the first rocket launch on a planet other than Earth.