(Corrects to make deadline clear in first paragraph)
WASHINGTON Oct 11 U.S. President Barack Obama
on Tuesday vowed to help send people to Mars as soon as 14 years
from now, pledging to work with private companies to "to build
new habitats that can sustain and transport astronauts on
long-duration missions in deep space."
"We have set a clear goal vital to the next chapter of
America's story in space: sending humans to Mars by the 2030s
and returning them safely to Earth, with the ultimate ambition
to one day remain there for an extended time," Obama said in an
opinion piece for CNN posted to its website.
(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Doina Chiacu)