NASA admits it can’t afford a manned mission to Mars just days after Mike Pence pledges to ‘put American boots’ on the red planet. NASA’s chief of human spaceflight William H. Gerstenmaier revealed the agency was unable to put a date on missions due to the lack of funding. During a meeting of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics last Wednesday June 12,2017, chief of human spaceflight William H. Gerstenmaier revealed the agency was unable to put a date on missions due to the lack of funding. He said that he can’t put a date on when they will send human to mars because of their lack of budget and that they don’t have surface systems available on mars. NASA hasn’t even been able to begin designing vehicles to land on Mars or ascend from the surface. NASA also revealed a look at some of the progress on the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, which is said to be the ‘world’s most powerful rocket. According to experts SLS rocket and Orion craft have cost the agency a lot. Their next moves will depend on funding. He also indicated the agency might be interested in a Moon exploration mission. Fortunately for our Red Planet dreams, it isn’t just up to NASA. Getting humans to Mars is a team effort. According to Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot NASA and the White House decided that ‘the baseline plan that we had was best,’ which would mean ‘leaving EM-1 uncrewed. Nasa’s top staff was given instructions earlier this year to assess the possibility of sending humans to space with the first flight of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, which was initially slated to launch, uncrewed, in 2018. With the risks and limitations considered, NASA and the administration ultimately decided that an ‘uncrewed mission will make EM-2 safer. EM-1 would provide additional data that will advance our systems knowledge faster and possibly improve the robustness of the overall plan for sending humans into deep space. While they have yet to select a specific date, NASA now says the EM-1 mission will launch in 2019.