The US space agency (NASA) celebrated this Monday the 60th anniversary of its creation with a promise to return to the moon and go to Mars with manned missions in the coming years.
"Today, we celebrate our legacy with a great promise and a clear direction from President Donald Trump - to return to the moon and go to Mars", said NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine, in a video celebrating the agency's 60th anniversary.
Bridenstine was referring to the Space Policy Directive that the President of the United States of America signed in December 2017, instructing NASA to send astronauts to the Moon, with the objective to establish "a base" as a first step for the first manned mission to Mars.
Following that law, NASA began drafting plans to create a lunar orbit space station, which it hopes to build from 2022 onwards, so that it will be operational by the middle of the next decade.
The plans of NASA point towards the end of the 2030 decade as the date for man's arrival on Mars, according to agency officials.
In the message, Jim Bridenstine recalled NASA's role since 1958 which, "for six incredible decades, has brought to the world a large number of important missions in science, aviation and man-made exploration."
Therefore, he said that NASA continues to "raise the barrier of human potential."
The space agency became a reality 60 years ago, after the then President of the United States, Dwight Eisenhower (1953-1961), signed the law for its creation on October the 1st, 1958.
Since then, NASA has successfully completed numerous space missions, although the Apollo 11 mission, which placed the first human being on the moon, in 1969, is always present in the retina of mankind.