Humans to Mars in 20 Years or Less, NASA Chief Says

Humans could venture to Mars in 20 years or less, NASA chief Daniel Goldin said on Tuesday, in comments that made orbital space flight sound positively last century. “We have been locked in Earth orbit for too long, but we are going to break out,” Goldin told a symposium on the 40-year history of U.S. human space flight. “Let’s burn into our brains that this civilization is not condemned to live on only one planet,” he said. “Let’s burn it into our brains that in our lifetimes, we will extend the reach of this human species onto other planets and to other bodies in our solar system and build the robots that will leave our solar system to go to other stars, then ultimately to be followed by people.”