UK astronaut sets sights on Mars BBC

British-born astronaut Michael Foale believes it is time to start working towards an international effort to send humans to Mars. Dr Foale, 45, who is preparing to command a mission to the International Space Station (ISS), said: “I think humans landing on Mars should certainly happen in the next few decades. “Technologically it could be done in 15 years, but it may take much longer because there has to be international political interest.