Curiosity Rover Could Spark Mars Space Race

Mars rover reasserts American dominance in space.

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"If we don't get our act together, the first human on Mars will be Chinese," she says.

The United States has set a goal of landing humans on Mars by the mid-2030s, but a Dutch company has set a plan of trying to start the first human settlement there by 2023.

Either way, the space race may be back on.

In a statement, Bolden said "the wheels of Curiosity have begun to blaze the trail for human footprints on Mars."

Jason Koebler is a science and technology reporter for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow him on Twitter or reach him at jkoebler@usnews.com

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