NASA believes the United States is closer to sending an astronaut to Mars than ever before. On Thursday the US space agency came with an updated Martian strategy.
A 36-page strategy document is to be submitted before talks in the US Congress about the budget for further exploration of space.
There will also be a major aerospace meeting in Jerusalem next month.
According to the document, NASA believes that there are some problems that remain to be solved before the first man can set foot on Mars, but that they are solvable.
However, the space agency has not set any date for when it might happen.
- USA is closer to sending an American astronaut to Mars than ever before in history, said NASA chief Charles Bolden.
Astronauts sent to Mars should expect to spend three years in space.
To work and live in space involves accepting that it is associated with risk, but that a trip to Mars is worth it, says NASA, which in the Mars document describes it as an "achievable goal."
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