Exciting news from Inhabitat, United States President Barrack Obama is setting his sights towards Mars. Just recently, the president penned an opinion piece for CNN on the future of space exploration in America. He talked about the scientific research he’s invested in during his presidency and his belief that humans could reach the red planet by the 2030s.
According to President Obama, he still has the same sense of wonder about the US space program he did as a child. It represents an essential part of our character, curiosity and exploration, innovation and ingenuity, thus pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and doing it before anybody else.
The president recalled his vow to bring back science to its rightful place in his first presidential address. He detailed the accomplishments of the US space program has achieved since, like finding water on Mars, taking some of the best images of Pluto ever and finding Earth-like planets.
He said only America can claim to have flown by every planet in the solar system. Even as such thrilling discoveries are made, the president said the cost of space exploration keeps going down for taxpayers.
STEM education is linked to the thriving space exploration. According to President Obama, 100,000 engineers are now graduating each year from American schools. The president’s goal is to train 100,000 new quality STEM teachers in 10 years and he said that they are on track to reach their goal.
President Barrack Obama referred today’s students as the “Mars generation”. He said the initial goal will be to send humans to mars and then return them to Earth, with long-term term goal of astronauts remaining on Mars. He also hoped he would witness that day with his grandchildren on his shoulders, as he once sat on his grandfather’s shoulders.
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