'We want our country to do it first': A NASA executive says a US-China Mars mission is not in the cards
- NASA wants to send astronauts to the moon in 2024 with its Artemis program, build an outpost, and use it as a proving ground for Mars.
- The first human mission to Mars may cost more than $200 billion, according to a recent US government estimate. Other estimates suggest $1 trillion.
- A joint mission with China, which also plans to eventually send people to Mars, might ease the financial burden - but US law restricts NASA from teaming up with the nation.
- Jeff DeWit, NASA's chief financial officer, told Business Insider that he wants "to see an American flag" on Mars first, not a Chinese one.
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