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Over five decades after humans were sent to the moon, the nearest celestial body to Earth, the original plan remains: to go to Mars. It is something a lot of astronauts who have gone to space thought should have already been accomplished.

In December 2019, the first African American woman in space, Mae Jemison, told university students at the Kennedy Space Center for Complex she just assumed, by the time she got to be "old enough to go into the space program, you know we'd be living on Mars," or she'd be working on the Red Planet just as a scientist.

However, according to USA TODAY, despite the fact "humankind has been unable to send anyone to another place in the universe other than the moon," there are still a lot of those who have hopes and expectations "that we will become a multi-planetary species in the near future," beginning with what she called "our red next-door neighbor."

Billionaire business owners like Elon Musk, for one, as well as aspiring young astronauts including Alyssa Carson for one, a Florida Tech sophomore studying at Florida Tech, are hoping to live on Mars one day.

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