Key Words: Obama sets goal of sending humans to Mars in the 2030s

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A technician works on a prototype Mars rover in a simulated Mars environment at Airbus Defence and Space.

President Barack Obama, in an op-ed published Tuesday, announced a goal of sending humans safely to Mars, and back to Earth, by as early as 2030.

We have set a clear goal vital to the next chapter of America’s story in space: sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and returning them safely to Earth, with the ultimate ambition to one day remain there for an extended time.

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Obama said the task would be accomplished in conjunction with private companies.

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