Barack Obama is really pumped about getting humans to Mars.
Obama is traveling to Pittsburgh this week for the science and technology focused White House Frontiers Conference. Writing on CNN, the president re-declared his love for space, and announced that the US has partnered with private companies in order to get humans to Mars by the 2030s.
“I’m excited to announce that we are working with our commercial partners to build new habitats that can sustain and transport astronauts on long-duration missions in deep space,” Obama wrote. “These missions will teach us how humans can live far from Earth — something we’ll need for the long journey to Mars.”
Details of the partnership are sparse, and Obama still hasn’t offered up any money, but the White House will probably elaborate on the partnership this week. Obama has been pushing the idea of getting humans to Mars for some time now, but he hasn’t gone so far as to provide funding for a Mars expedition. And this current announcement, while lofty in its rhetoric, stops short of actual policy that would allocate funds. Mr. Obama is, after all, basically out of office.