Scientists are now struggling to make one dream possible – bring humans to Mars. As different companies are now fighting over who is going to be first, a reputable astronaut remains skeptical. Chris Hadfield thinks none of the companies will succeed and humans won’t reach Mars too soon. Among his reasons, he states technical difficulties, blaming rockets as not being powerful enough for such a mission.
Hadfield is skeptical about a manned mission on Mars
Chris Hadfield is best known for his 2013 ‘stunt’, when he sang Space Oddity while he was aboard the International Space Station. Now, he returned with some controversial claims, destroying our dream to travel to Mars. He claimed there were too many obstacles, so humans won’t reach the Red Planet too soon.
Among the reason he stated, there were the means of transportation. At the beginning of this month, Boeing has claimed it would be the first to bring people on Mars. Then, SpaceX decided to challenge it, so they started a competition on who gets there first. However, Hadfield doesn’t trust any of the rockets to bring people there.
“I don’t think those are a practical way to send people to Mars because they’re dangerous and it takes too long.”
The future might not look that bad for space travel
These rockets need fuel to travel so far away. The current formula they use might be enough to propel the rockets into outer space. However, to reach Mars, they need more. Therefore, a manned mission might be way too dangerous, so Hadfield offers a different alternative. To better prepare for such a journey, he thinks these companies should first send robots on Mars.
However, Hadfield doesn’t think humans will never get on Mars. At the moment, such a mission sounds impossible, but he is optimistic. In the future, he is convinced scientists will be able to develop the necessary technology to reach the Red Planet. Given NASA’s recent experiments, we might be on the right track when it comes to fueling and rockets.
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