NASA, Plans for Mars

Click to listen to Suzanne Presto | Washington

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NASA (Photo credit: Luke Bryant)

U.S. astronaut John Glenn first orbited the Earth 50 years ago on February 20, 1962.  And when he returned, an adoring public greeted him, along with a burgeoning U.S. space program that propelled men to the moon in 1969.

Decades later, astronaut Cady Coleman is part of NASA’s human space exploration legacy.  She has been to space three times, including a nearly six-month stay on the International Space Station last year.

“The fact that we have a space station in orbit right now, six people living up there – working, doing experiments that we can’t do down here – it makes me very excited about the future,” said Coleman.

President Barack Obama says that future includes plans to send people to Mars.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden recently outlined the proposed budget for next year.

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