NASA may not know exactly where it’s going in human spaceflight, but it knows how it will get there.
The agency’s current plans, of course, call for human missions to Mars, first into orbit around the red planet as soon as 2033, followed eventually by trips to the Martian surface. But those plans are clouded by the uncertainty that comes with a change in presidential administrations. NASA is waiting on the nomination of a new administrator and expected re-establishment of the National Space Council to provide guidance for the agency. NASA not only does not have a detailed fiscal year 2018 budget proposal, it’s still waiting on a final 2017 spending bill, nearly seven months into the current fiscal year. More >>