Jim Bridenstine—Chief of NASA—recently stated that the moon might be the upcoming space destination for the U.S. astronauts, but the borderline of Mars still lures. Lately, a crowd of scientists, politicians, reporters, and space enthusiasts assembled at National Geographic headquarters to commemorate and converse Season 2 of the National Geographic series “Mars” and the Project Mars contest’s film and poster champions.
Bridenstine approached the crowd, reporting that he was thrilled about the return of “Mars,” the contest, and the measure the U.S. is taking to return to the moon and then the Mars. Bridenstine stated, “We are going to the moon since there is science that needs to be revealed there, there is a risk to be withdrawn, there are technologies that need to be developed, and there is human physiology that needs to be accepted.” He further added that along with Mars research attempts, traveling to the moon will be a significant step if we successfully take and abode humans on Mars. Since the time Bridenstine became administrator of NASA, scientists have already done significant discoveries about Mars that make efforts of traveling to the planet more exciting. First, Bridenstine stated, scientists discovered complex organic composites on the surface of Mars. Second, scientists found that Mars has methane cycles that ensue to match seasons on Mars. Third, scientists revealed that liquid water exists in less than a mile (1.5 Kilometers) under the planet’s surface.
Recently, NASA was also in news as its highest-priority and most expensive science missions would be launched by SpaceX’s workhorse Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX’s representatives recently announced that NASA’s LSP (Launch Services Program) has qualified the two-stage Falcon 9 in a “Category 3” rocket. Gwynne Shotwell—SpaceX’s President and Chief Operating Officer—stated in a statement that LSP Category 3 qualifications is a top achievement for the Falcon 9 workforce and signifies another important landmark in a close joint venture with NASA.