Pres. Obama says US working with companies to send humans to Mars

Mars (Courtesy: Greg Shirah/NASA)
Mars (Courtesy: Greg Shirah/NASA)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says the United States is partnering with commercial companies to build “new habitats” to try to send humans safely to Mars within two decades.

Obama set a goal in 2010 to send humans to Mars by the 2030s. He says the next step is to “reach beyond the bounds of Earth’s orbit.” Obama says the U.S. is collaborating on missions that will help scientists understand how long humans can live “far from Earth.”

He writes in an op-ed on CNN’s website that the ultimate goal is for humans eventually to stay on Mars “for an extended time.”

Obama is not elaborating on what it will cost or how the U.S. will pay for it. But he says it will require years of patience, testing and education. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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