Getting to Mars will ensure the survival of our species, says Nasa chief - and he claims humanity needs to ‘get a grip’ when it comes to climate change
- Charles Bolden was talking at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London
- He spoke on many topics including Mars, climate change and the UK
- Landing on Mars is imperative for 'the preservation of the species' he said
- On climate change he declared: 'We have to understand it, it’s real'
- He told MailOnline Chris Hadfield had 'set the bar high' for astronauts
- And he added it is important the UK remains involved in space exploration
- 'The UK stepped away from human spaceflight once before, and it took a couple of decades to get back,' he admittedLanding on Mars is essential to ensure the survival of our species, climate change is a very 'real' threat and international cooperation is key to the future of manned space exploration.That’s according to Nasa Administrator Charles Bolden, who revealed his opinion on a wide range of subjects in London this week.He also discussed with MailOnline how celebrity astronaut Chris Hadfield had set the bar high for future astronauts, which forced a re-think from Nasa on how they engage with the public from space‘Getting to Mars is important because it is the only planet in the solar system [other than Earth] that we believe might have born life in some form at some time,’ Mr Bolden said.‘It may be able to sustain life right now, and it definitely can sustain human life if we put humans there.