People on Mars: "We must afford it" says US space chief

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NASA Deputy Administrator Dr. Dava Newman walks to a meeting with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, on her first day on the job at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C. Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Putting people on Mars sometime in the 2030s is something the planet simply "must afford" for the sake of all the benefits it will bring.

That's the view of Dava Newman, who is the Deputy Administrator of the US Space Administration, NASA.

She gave a special presentation this week to the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which is taking place in Vienna, Austria, under the auspices of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, UNOOSA.

Matthew Wells asked NASA's number-two what the main theme of her presentation had been to the gathering of 77 nations, on the final frontier.

Duration: 5'43"

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