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Wondery Presents American Innovations: Mission to Mars

On July 20th, 1989, President George H.W. Bush announced his vision for a manned mission to Mars. Nearly 3 months later, NASA published a complex 30 year plan to get humans to Mars – with a hefty price tag – nearly $450 billion dollars. However, Congress refused to authorize the spending, and NASA’s manned mission to Mars was grounded before it could even get started. Over 30 years later, the power of government and big business necessary for such an undertaking is finally starting to come together and now the next chapter of humankind’s space-race is on. American Innovations: Mission to Mars explores what advancements have been made and what it will take to send humans to Mars. Listen at


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