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Chief of NASA wants to go to Mars

April 5, 2011
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The new chief of NASA is Charles Bolden, Jr. President Obama chose him. He is 62 years old, a former astronaut and the first black-American to have the job.
He said his goal is to put Americans on the planet Mars.
Bolden said there are too many views on how to get to Mars. One plan is to go back to the moon and use it as a base for going to Mars. Another plan is the Constellation project. It will send more powerful rockets to the moon before trying to go to Mars.
A commission is reviewing that plan and alternatives to it. Bolden said his main job over the next few months will be to champion an “agreed-upon compromise strategy to get first to Mars and then beyond. And we don’t have that yet.”
Bolden said, “I did grow up watching Buck Rogers, and Buck Rogers didn’t stop at Mars.” In my lifetime, I will be incredibly disappointed if we have not at least reached Mars.”

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