President Obama has been interested in space travel and especially in Mars for the better part of the last decade. In 2010, Obama expressed sincere interest in having human beings orbit Mars and return back to Earth by the mid 2030's. He also expressed interest in and predicted an actual landing on the "red planet" in the following years.
Obama acknowledged that in order for his vision to come to fruition, the United States National Aeronautics Space Administration must work with private corporations such as SpaceX and Boeing.
"Getting to Mars will require continued cooperation between government and private innovators, and we're already well on our way," expressed Obama in an opinion article that was run on Tuesday by CNN.com.
The article from Obama comes as the race between private entities heats up to be the first to reach Mars. According to the article, the greatest ambition of Obama in regards to Mars is not sending humans to perform a landing on Mars. Obama wrote that he wanted humans to "remain [on Mars] for an extended period of time."
"It just underlines the theme that's run throughthe Obama administration, which is encouraging partnerships with the private sector, providing additional opportunities for work and, when appropriate, doing business in a slightly different way," said John Logsdon, a professor emeritus of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University."It's mainly about leaving a legacy."