NASA Says Nobody’s Going To Mars Without Their Support

April 20, 2015 5:37 AM

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NASA administrator Charles Bolden, a retired United States Marine Corps Major General with over 680 hours in space under his belt, was quoted by Forbes as having told lawmakers at a Thursday morning hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology that “no commercial company” is going to reach Mars “without the support of NASA” and the U.S. government.

His statement came in response to one committee member’s suggestion that the agency could be entering into a space race to Mars with commercial companies such as SpaceX— which aims to have humans set foot on Mars by the mid-2020s; ahead of NASA’s planned date of arrival scheduled for the 2030s.

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