After Obama's NASA Quits, Will Trump’s NASA Join Space X for Mars Dragon Landing (Unmanned) 2018? Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

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After Obama's NASA Quits, Will Trump’s NASA Join Space X for Mars Dragon Landing (Unmanned) 2018? Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

NASA begs out of first SpaceX’s Mars mission

December 14, 2016 at 7:50 pm Robert Zimmerman

NASA has decided to hold off contributing any science instruments for SpaceX’s first Dragon mission to Mars.

NASA wants to wait until SpaceX proves it can pull off a soft landing on the Red Planet before committing millions of dollars’ worth of equipment to the spaceflight company’s “Red Dragon” effort, said Jim Green, head of the agency’s Planetary Science Division. “Landing on Mars is hard,” Green said during a talk Tuesday (Dec. 13) here at the annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). “I want to wait this one out.”

http://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/points-of-information/nasa-begs-out-of-first-spacexs-mars-mission/

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Musk’s announcement, at the Code Conference 2016 in Los Angeles, is definitely exciting news. It comes on the heels of an announcement earlier this spring stating that SpaceX will send a Dragon capsule to Mars in 2018, albeit one with no personnel on board. Musk founded SpaceX in 2002 with the goal of advancing the technologies required to establish a human colony on Mars, so everything seems to be going according to plan.

http://www.universetoday.com/129313/elon-musk-sending-humans-mars-2024/

Dec 17, 2016, 06:29 AM
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