2020 Perseverance rover, which is provisionally slated for launch on July 30, could pave the way for a manned mission to the Red Planet subsequently, Indian-American
Williams, who has spent 321 days in space, made this point while addressing a webinar organised by the APJ Abdul Kalam Centre on “Our Place In Space”, on Sunday evening.
She is among the astronauts who has been selected for Nasa’s
. She will be flying to the International Space Station in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft in the next few months.
“We [humans] should go to Mars. It is entirely a different place and it is important we plan how to sustain there. I am sure this will happen in our generation,” she said.
She said that Nasa’s
mission, which aims to put a man and the first woman in the south pole region of the moon by 2024, will also help in planning a human mission to the Red Planet.
She said that she was a part of the programme, which developed the space suit for the Artemis mission.
Williams said that Nasa was also planning a flight to one of Jupiter’s moons by sending a submarine to its ocean. “Nasa is working with oceanographic institutes on this project,” she added. The role of this mission will be in the area of astrobiology.
She said that the view of earth from space leaves one awestruck. “When I had my first glimpse I said vow, how peaceful, beautiful