NASA's Mission to Mars
The Deputy Administrator of NASA looks forward to a human landing in the 2030s
NASA's plan is the steady development of the technologies we'll need to get there, and leading that effort is the new Deputy Administrator and second-in-command of NASA, Dr. Dava Newman. Dr. Newman joined NASA from her position as Apollo Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, where she'd worked on various aspects of space flight for more than two decades. Her best known work is on innovative space suits, well "suited" for work on the Martian surface.
Dr. Newman is enthusiastic and optimistic about NASA's efforts, which will build on its successful robotic missions with the development of new heavy lift rockets, new capsules, space habitats and the myriad of other technologies we'll need to get to Mars.