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NASA needs to make a major detour in its effort to return astronauts to the moon, a special independent panel told the White House Thursday.
Under current plans, NASA has picked the wrong destination with the wrong rocket, the panel's chairman said. A test-flight version of the rocket, the new Ares I, is on a launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, awaiting liftoff next week for its first experimental flight.
During a Thursday news conference, the panel's chairman, retired aerospace executive Norman Augustine, focused on fresh destinations for NASA. He said that it makes more sense to develop America's space capability with the aim of putting astronauts on a nearby asteroid or one of the moons of Mars - destinations that could be reached more easily than the moon.
Experts asked to review the US human spaceflight programme have given strong support to the use of commercial services to launch astronauts.
The Augustine panel published its final report on Thursday and said America could find cheaper, faster successors to the shuttle in the private sector.
Originally posted by mars1
I can see what you are saying it just seems so strange they want to land on a asteroid or the Moon's of mars and to say it would be reached more easily than are moon that can not be right this just makes it seem more likely there is something to hide on the Moon.
So not many people find it strange that they want to skip the moon
We know nothing about the Moon but they want to go to the moon of Mars or a asteroid.