Mark your calendars.
NASA is hoping to put astronauts on Mars for the first time by 2024, the agency's administrator said Monday, according to Space.com.
"If Jim Bridenstine said during a panel discussion of space agency heads at the International Astronautical Congress in Washington, DC
"I suggest we can do it by 2035."  Bridenstine made a similar pledge back in April but with an earlier deadline, according to the report. NASA has been planned to go to the moon in 2028, but sped up the timeline at the urging of.
The Trump administration.
By getting astronauts back on the moon more quickly, "We are by definition accelerating the humans to Mars program," Bridenstine said during a May Humans to Mars Summit.
In a Thursday tweet NASA's Johnson Space Center is touted as one of its spacecraft that aims to achieve both exploration goals.
"The @NASA_Orion spacecraft is one of the major components of our #Artemis program, which aims to return humans to the Moon by the 2024 in preparation for future missions to Mars, the tweet said.
NASA still needs to support international support for the Mars mission, to help address astronauts wants to stay healthy and have enou
President Trump has long pushed for NASA to get Americans to Mars.
Back in June, he scolded the agency for focusing on the Moon and insisted that it was a better destination.
"For all the money we spend, NASA should not be talking about going to the moon – we did that 50 years ago. They're doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science! "Wrote.
In late May, he said in Appeal with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that Japan and the US would launch a mission to Mars "very soon."