Boe­ing to Land Man on Mars First

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CHICAGO. Boe­ing, which pi­o­neered space tech­nolo­gies form rock­ets to space shut­tles for the US to land the first man on the Moon, says it will also be the first to land man on the Mars.

Boe­ing Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fice Of­fi­cer Den­nis Muilen­burg told a con­fer­ence here: “I am con­vinced the first per­son to step foot on Mars will ar­rive there rid­ing a Boe­ing rocket.”

Mr Muilen­burg’s state­ment in­di­cated that the world’s largest, and old­est, aerospace com­pany is al­ready work­ing on newer tech­nolo­gies.

No­tably, while the Na­tional Aero­nau­tics and Space Ad­min­is­tra­tion (NASA) steers var­i­ous US space pro­grammes, they are ex­e­cuted by the pri­vate in­dus­try. And Boe­ing has had the re­spon­si­bil­ity of be­ing their in­te­gra­tor while also pi­o­neer­ing the first stage of the most pow­er­ful Saturn V rocket which took men to moon. The Boe­ing CEO was speak­ing at a con­fer­ence on fu­ture in­no­va­tions and tech­nolo­gies or­ga­nized by the At­lantic mag­a­zine.

It may be noted that SpaceX, the new kid in in­no­va­tions on the block, has vowed to take the first man to the Mars. Its CEO, Elon Musk, says he wants mankind to use space travel as a mat­ter of rou­tine, like road and rail trans­port.

NASA has se­lected both Bor­ing and SpaceX to work on land­ing a four-man cap­sule on the Mars.

Mr Muilen­burg says space travel could be a mat­ter of rou­tine in a cou­ple of decades.

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