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'We want our country to do it first': A NASA executive says a US-China Mars mission is not in the cards

'We want our country to do it first': A NASA executive says a US-China Mars mission is not in the cards
NASA; Business Insider



NASA wants to send astronauts to the moon in 2024 with its Artemis program, build an outpost, and use it as a proving ground for Mars.




The first human mission to Mars may cost more than $200 billion, according to a recent US government estimate. Other estimates suggest $1 trillion.




A joint mission with China, which also plans to eventually send people to Mars, might ease the financial burden — but US law restricts NASA from teaming up with the nation.




Jeff DeWit, NASA's chief financial officer, told Business Insider that he wants "to see an American flag" on Mars first, not a Chinese one.




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NASA is pressing to return astronauts to the moon in just five years, then launch the first crew to Mars in the 2030s.
The latter journey may cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars. But an agency executive says the US has no plans to share the hefty cost — and the immortal glory — of such a feat with China, a nation that has similar ambition and resources to put people on the red planet.
"There is still a space race where we want our country to do it first," Jeff DeWit, NASA's chief financial officer, recently told "Business Insider Today," a top daily news show on Facebook, in July.
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