Dr. Michio Kaku returns to CNN International to discuss President Barack Obama‘s CNN op-ed in which Mr. Obama affirmed America’s commitment to "send humans to Mars by the 2030’s with the ultimate ambition to one day remain there for an extended time."
Achieving this, he added, will "require continued cooperation between government and private innovators." Now in the final months of his eight-year presidency, Obama looks to set in motion plans, which could pan out to be a key part of his legacy. Dr. Kaku offers his assessment on the progress scientists are making in pursuit of Mission Mars. WATCH NOW!
This week NASA announced that it has discovered a source of free-flowing water on the surface of the planet Mars, a breakthrough finding that could forever change how human beings view our celestial neighbor. Famed physicist/futurist and CBS News science contributor, Dr. Michio Kaku told ‘CBS This Morning’ that, with this, NASA may have “hit the jackpot.”
Public fascination with Mars has increased ever since NASA launched its unmanned rover Curiosity, which continually sends back images of the Martian landscape. Once thought to be too hostile to support life, the discovery of liquid water alters our understanding not only of the origins of the red planet but in the future potential for an eventual human presence on Mars. “It changes everything,” said Kaku, “It means that this liquid water can be used for, perhaps, irrigation, drinking water, and even rocket fuel.” WATCH NOW!
The recent discovery of methane on Mars is more than a curiousity. It could be a game changer. For the last three decades, NASA’s Mars exploration program has been based on a single mantra: Follow the water. Where there is water, there might be life. So far, this strategy has come up empty handed. But now, NASA might have to change course and follow the methane.