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WASHINGTON -- NASA doesn't have nearly enough money to meet its goal of putting astronauts back on the moon by 2020 -- and it might be the wrong place to go, anyway. That's one of the harsh messages emerging from a sweeping review of NASA's human space flight program.
The Human Space Flight Plans Committee, appointed by President Barack Obama and headed by retired aerospace executive Norman Augustine, has been trying to stitch together some kind of plausible strategy for America's manned space program. The panel has struggled to find options that stay under the current budget and includ
NASA's moon plan too ambitious
We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.
Originally posted by superdeluxe
What kind of time frame is realistic for a anti-gravity device? I always thought that something like a solar sail or what not would be the best idea for propulsion?
Originally posted by Larryman
reply to post by peacejet
I prefer my version of Kennedy's speech:
"We choose to build flying saucers. We choose to build them in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard..."
A presidential space panel on Thursday challenged NASA's vision of establishing a base on the moon and instead weighed other ambitious options that include free-ranging spaceships that could visit destinations throughout the inner solar system.
Originally posted by Mak Manto
I agree on space exploration, but going back to the moon seems a waste in my opinion.
The only reason why we went in the first place was just to say, "We got there first!" We had the social and political power of the space race after we went to the moon.
Though, what does the moon offer?
The only thing I could think of doing something useful with it is setting up a base on the moon for contacting extra-terrestrials, and even then, that would be EXPENSIVE.
I'd say if we're going to focus on space exploration, let's focus on trying to get out of our solar system.