(CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama told a group of students who gathered at the White House for “Astronomy Night” on Monday evening, that “some of you might be on your way to Mars.”
Obama also indicated that in 2017—after he leaves office—Americans will begin again to fly to space from U.S. soil.
“Last month, NASA found water flowing on Mars,” Obama said. “Earlier this year, we mapped Pluto in high-resolution. In recent years, we’ve discovered the first Earth-sized planet orbiting a star in a distant galaxy. And we’ve even slipped the outermost grasp of our solar system with Voyager 1--the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space.
“In 2017, with the help of American space companies, our astronauts will once again launch to space directly from American soil,” said Obama. “And today, NASA is developing the capabilities to send humans to Mars in the 2030s. That means that some of the young people who are here tonight might be working on that project.
“Some of you might be on your way to mars,” he said.
“America can do anything,” Obama said. “We just got to keep on encouraging every new generation to explore, and invent, and create, and discover.”