ABU DHABI, 13th June, 2016 (WAM)–xxxx. NASA. Bolden spoke about NASA’s efforts to go to Mars and its current efforts to send people to the planet. “Going to Mars is very difficult and takes a lot of planning,” he said, adding that NASA plans to send people to Mars and bring them back to earth. The plan is to send people to Mars by 2030’s, he said.

Bolden also discussed other feats that NASA is planning to achieve. Some of the technologies NASA is working on, he said, is to latch a space shuttle into an asteroid and then gear the asteroid so it revolves around the moon where astronauts can work, and possible develop some type of mining in space.

On the area of choosing astronauts, Bolden said the criteria have changed over time. Some of the changes include the ability to speak foreign languages and control robotic equipment.

He said Voyager, which was launched in the 1970s, has already left our solar system and has for a year been floating in the interstellar realm.

He also talked about NASA’s efforts in studying the impact of space travel on human health in order to help astronauts and space travelers have better journeys in the future, especially those going to Mars. These efforts also study closely the psychological impact of space travel and spending prolonged periods of time in space.

Bolden also delved into the technical details involved in sending spaceships to Mars, explaining the latest advancements in the area, including the use of solar energy instead of nuclear energy in space travel.

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