All eyes on Trump over Mars

A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying the European-Russian ExoMars 2016 spacecraft blasts off from the launch pad at Baikonur cosmodromeThe year 2016 has seen a rekindling of the human desire to conquer Mars, with public and private interests openly vying to take the first step on the Red Planet, possibly with a stopover on the Moon. Space bosses and investors are waiting on tenterhooks for the US president-elect to spell out his plans for NASA — and to see whether the future will be one of cooperation or competition. On the campaign trail in the space industry state of Florida, Trump said in October he wanted to “free Nasa from the restriction of serving primarily as a logistics agency for low-orbit activity”.

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